In this article, “Wyrd Smythe” explains some key aspects of how we achieve our points of view. I admire his ability to simplify these concepts, and present them in an entertaining fashion.
Originally posted on Logos con carne:
In his 1982 book, Megatrends, John Naisbitt famously wrote, “We are drowning in information, but we are starved for knowledge.” What was true 30 years ago is true today at a level that is both jaw-dropping and mind-numbing. The interweb “highway” speeds past at a breath-taking pace; yesterday vanishes rapidly behind while tomorrow barrels down on us constantly. The sheer volume of traffic (meaning both ‘lots of’ and ‘very noisy’) can be overwhelming.
I’d like to take the topics from last Thursday and Friday to a new level and talk about how we find knowledge and truth amid all that information. In a world filled with opinion and conflicting assertions, how do we tell fair from foul? When facts and expertise compete with ideology and status quo, how do we pick among them?
This is about ways to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Forget about the wars, revolutions and the gubmint listening in on your cell phone calls! You’ve found a peaceful spot where you can sit and listen to birds sing, where gentle waters flow as you read.
I am fixing some problems I have procrastinated about, and feeling dumb because I didn’t address them before. We didn’t cook much until I began dieting. We didn’t know how to clean the oven. We are now entering our third day in the process of cleaning the oven Continue reading
How would you like having to nurse your twins in a stranger’s yard?
People love habit. Having the feeling of knowing what comes next is comforting. But you can’t fix problems or grow from a place of complete safety. You have to take risks, spend resources, embrace the insecurity of undetermined outcomes, and dream of better things that might be. Continue reading
So I guess it’s supposed to be the election of 1980 all over again, and the relevant question assumes that I and everyone else must base “better” solely on whether we have more money. Continue reading
Many bats, like this leaf-nosed one, see quite well.
We had a particularly stimulating FULL CONTACT TRIVIA contest at the bar last weekend. Continue reading
Steam-powered zero carbon water taxi
Having always been an odd boy, at different ages I sought identity among the punk enclaves where I lived. Continue reading
I’ve read a number of opinions lately that American politics has become crazier and less civil than ever before, and that things have never been so bad in general. It’s the justification for the need to “take back America”. But if you look at our history, it’s easy to see that much of what we are experiencing now is just a re-run. Continue reading
A World Map of Life Expectancy
I’ve been reading some fascinating discussions in the Forums that reflect common misconceptions many people hold about height and longevity, and what determines them. Continue reading
The last (and only previous) time I referred to TIME, the magazine, was in a review of their article on the possible non-existence of hell, which they teased on the cover and then didn’t really address. This time I think TIME hit one out of the park. They chose a concept as “Person of the Year” – The PROTESTER. Continue reading
It’s time for a re-statement of why I write here. It isn’t just for me. I have this strange vision of a place where almost everyone is welcome. I’m committed to RADICAL INCLUSIVITY. Continue reading
… and happy to share.
I saw King Kong (1933) as a young child – on TV
Thanks to a couple of comments on the last post, I’ve been thinking about some of the truly bizarre television shows that knock around in my memory. Continue reading
I’m irritated at not being able to complete posts I begin because “real life” intervenes, so I’m just going to write this one in real time, despite interruptions. Continue reading
My son wrote me an email in which he suggested I not call myself old, so I thought about some of the many men who produced significant work in my areas of interest when they were at least a decade older than me. Continue reading
As I surf around WordPress and other blogging communities, all I see is encouragement about posting MORE. How many times must I re-assert that more is not better? Continue reading