I wasn't feeling up to tackling this all in one go, so here's the first half, I'll try and finish the rest tomorrow.
You know I talk a lot about pseudoscience, and why many pseudo-scientific belief systems are clearly bullshit. But to quote so many people I've talked to "How do you know?" I mean, "How can you be sure you're correct?," I mean after all, "Isn't Science just another belief system?"
Now to be clear, I don't like the word belief. Fuck belief I don't…Continue
So many science deniers, pseudo science advocates, and religious apologists try to claim that Science has "made mistakes"
They imply that since science isn't always right, so all of it is subject to suspicion, and their hypothesis is clearly correct because its easier to understand.
Statements like, "I simply can't believe that everything in the universe fit into something smaller than a pinhead," are nothing more than an argument from ignorance, or an argument…Continue
Cards on the table time, if you disagree with ANY scientific field of study (or all of them), you do not have to disprove their hypothesis or theory. You really don't need to attack evolution, cosmology, the theory of gravity, the laws of the conservation of energy. You don't have to disprove a damn thing.
Pretty cool huh?
All you have to do is prove your alternative hypothesis. That's literally all you have to…Continue
Feedback is always encouraged.
For one to make room for a pseudo-scientific belief they must ignore or change natural laws, the math, those things which serve as the foundations for scientific study. If we allow such an exception to accept a pseudo-scientific belief. Logical consistency and intellectual integrity would by extension require we carry those same exceptions into other fields of study. Fields which depend on the consistent, and reliable…Continue
I'd like to think that I came from a typical American family. We had a roof over our heads, although it was cramped at times. We had clothes to wear, but rarely anything brand name. We routinely had doctor and dentist visits. We always had enough to eat, thanks to my dad's hard work and later, my mother's as well when she didn't need to be watching the kids any longer.
I was more insulated than most from certain things; I only had one relative who had been divorced (an…Continue
On the night of 8 November, 2016, in the wake of the stunning election of Donald John Trump to the presidency of the United States, an idea was started by a Facebook post and grew from there to proportions hitherto unheard of. The idea? A march, to react to the new presidency and insist on a maintenance of rights, for women, for LGBTQ folks, immigrants, legal or not, in short for anyone who stands to be minimized at least or injured at worst by the new administration.
Two and a…
In the two years since I was last here..
I have almost died.
Which sent me to the hospital for a few weeks.
Had my dog hit by a car the week I got out of the hospital.
She lost a leg.
After two years lost my home.
Had to give up said dog. That one still hurts.
Had to leave Oregon for California to live with family.
And now I live with my Dad and his fifth wife and they are Christian…Continue
The following message was just emailed to Marcia Fudge, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, my House representative and Senators, respectively:
When Kellyanne Conway used the phrase, “alternative facts” in answering Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday, echoes of George Orwell were almost automatic in my head. Facts are unique in that they describe reality, and the last I looked, there are no alternative realities out there nor are there alternative facts, except…Continue
I can't say that any one large issue made me decide to leave my church. Mostly it was the little things, building up over time until I couldn't possibly count them all. But this one time...
I was a teenager and I needed a new car. I had a wonderful, reliable car for two years before my eldest brother borrowed it and then snapped part of the frame by locking the brakes over a curb in winter. He was (and still is, I think) a lousy driver. So I purchased…Continue
ZERO SUGAR DIET is the latest book by David Zinczenko, with assistance by Stephen Perrine. Zinczenko is not a medical researcher or clinician; he is a professional writer and editor. He is the author of over twenty books on diet and health, including the EAT THIS, NOT THAT series, the ABS DIET series, and the ZERO BELLY series. He has been a high ranking editor of three magazines about diet and health. Both for his job and for his personal use, he "obsessively reads" the latest research on…Continue
Has something changed with Ning?
It's had lags and hangs for years.
Istn't it the CEO's job to fix it.
Perhaps if email was sent to the CEO CEOtalk@ning.com, everytime there was a hang, or lag the CEO might find a pattern.
I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. Many people suffer Cognitive Dissonance with uncertainties and probabilistic world models, and thus they feel the need to close that loop with a definitive answer, regardless of how intellectually indefensible it may be.
This low tolerance for uncertainty in many others probably has an evolutionary origin related to the fact that in the Paleolithic environment…Continue
First of all, thank you to those who viewed my first post and especially to those who commented. I feel truly gratified that you found value in reading about my experiences and are willing to share your own.
Cognitive Dissonance, "mental discord or inconsistency", is something I experienced regarding my Roman Catholic…Continue
I don't understand why Muslim men are so eager to go to 'Jannat' through Jihad and get 72 virgins when they can have whatever they crave for on earth itself! Of course besides this they get the privilege of licking the deity's ass.
The following facts pertain to women and marriage in most of the Islamic world:
1. A man can have four wives
2 A man can divorce his wife in front of the judge without the woman's consent, even without her…
My first post. My intention is to write these as a sort of stream of consciousness style record of my memories growing up as well as my feelings about my evolving perspective and how that affects my relationships, especially with family who are still religious.
Getting right into it, the memory that has been on my mind most…Continue
It was a cold January afternoon in 2009 when USAir flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport with 150 passengers, three flight attendants and pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeff Skiles at the controls of the Airbus 320. Beginning their climb to 15,000 feet, everything was ordinary and routine, just another milk run to Charlotte, North Carolina, right up to the point where Captain Sullenberger noted: “Birds.” Hardly half a breath later, several dozen Canada geese…Continue