Alternative Explanations

June 18, 2012

Where would we be without humor?  And thank you to Wiley Miller for finding some in this polarizing craziness.

 

We have wealth, but apparently, no education. Or just no sense.

Whichever, we prefer beliefs in comfy-cozy for “our kind” and persecution-torment for those who won’t fall for illusions.

What a lovely state of affairs.

 

http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/

Physics and Hell Heat

July 13, 2011

http://chzsomuchpun.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/funny-puns-tlsr.jpg

I’m always perplexed at the arrogance of the creationists. Based solely on their beliefs, they insist biblical creation must be taught. But if we allow one belief, we must, in pure, simple honesty, allow all. And because there are so many. many ideas of what religion is, the creation, and holiday celebrations in schools would be non stop.

Actually, creationists should like that. It would ensure everyone is totally ignorant, as there’d be no time to teach anything.

Of course, their leaders would still get educated – at least in the ways to manipulate people. But who would make the tools, cure the sick, build houses? All these are products of science, and science would be outlawed.

Oh wait – only some science is outlawed. I keep forgetting – this is willful, manipulative, group-controlling, cherry-picking: not a consistent religious belief.

Religion I can deal with. Using people as tools – no. And that is what the so-called creationists, and tea-partyists are doing. De-humanizing their followers for power. Not good.

Can we all say ‘evil’?

http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/doonesbury/s-911520

This video presents an entertaining perspective on evolution, disguised as the quest for a 6th grader’s dream: a pet dinosaur.

I’m linking to it through the post by Punctuated Equilibrium as well,  as I thought her comments were helpful to read before watching.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/jun/14/1

Nuclear Skepticism

April 4, 2011

I repeat: to be a skeptic is to ask questions; seek answers from reputable sources; and make decisions based on that accumulated, verifiable evidence while still being open to new information.

To be a skeptic is not to be a naysayer, a denier, or a knee-jerk reactionary. It is not to accept without thought or question, nor is it to ignore evidence.

Once again / George Monbiot / addresses failings in critical thinking that severely damage credibility of people who, as recognized spokespeople, must be held to a higher accountability. If you are going to talk in public about an issue, you *must* be well-informed. (his two previous posts address his repeated and unsuccessful attempts to get Helen Caldicott to provide references for her so dramatic statements.)

People trust their chosen leaders. This is an unfortunate but absolute fact of human nature. And if leaders lie, as almost all seem to do, in pursuit of their chosen agenda, people make foolish choices. Global warming will not go away because people trust greedy, manipulative leaders. And nuclear power must be considered intelligently, not in the obscuring cloud of fact manipulations.

We must teach people how to question intelligently and how to recognize reliable sources.

We are running out of options in too many areas. Humanity may survive the coming crises and the wars and devastation that will accompany them, but wouldn’t it be better if we found ways to prevent the worst disasters? We won’t, not without cooperation and reason.

Where are the leaders and the people who seek reason, not power and emotion?

Too Many Odds and Ends

March 21, 2011

Information:

xkcd / does it again – not funny, but clearly informative.

Clever sheep ? /   Not an oxymoron.

/ Amazing picture / of the sun.

Joyce / coded in a bacterium /? I would have thought they’d be honored.

Keeping up with /  all the earthquakes / . Why aren’t there any in Oregon? There should be.

Obligatory bit about cats:

We all love /  kittens / , right? Cracked.com tells us more about these adorable creatures.

Finland in song and prose:

Finland is a great place. And they love tango. Why didn’t they chose / this / for Eurovision?

More on Finland. / Phrases one needs to know /.  Free beer for all?

Help for writers and other artists:

Creativity. Is / this /  how it’s done? I’ve been doing it all wrong.

General humor:

Ridiculous / maths humor /.

Yet another Oatmeal comic. I had fun going through his archives.  / The crap we put up with getting on and off an airplane /

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