Deflection and Projection

Invisible Mikey:

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:

inet highwayIn 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.

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Cute Little Devils

Originally posted on Invisible Mikey:

When I was a child, kids went out “Trick or Treating” with other kids.  Adult escorts were only employed to take infants door-to-door so they could also participate.

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Letter 12: October 12, 2013

Invisible Mikey:

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I’m tired of reading the opinions of people who think the shutdown “doesn’t really matter”, or (God forgive them) believe it’s a good thing for members of Congress to refuse to govern and continue to get paid FOR NOT DOING THEIR WORK – ON PURPOSE !!! Here’s someone who feels more like I do about it.

Originally posted on A Scientist's Response to the Government Shut Down:

Dear Congressman,

 
Unfortunately for me, I have to keep writing these emails because talks have once again stalled in Washington.  However, there have been a few uplifting stories from the shutdown.  Some businesses in the D.C. area are giving out discounted or free items to furloughed workers.  Unfortunately for you, you’ll be asked to pay double the retail price.  The Ku Klux Klan had scheduled a rally on Oct. 5th at Gettysburg National Military Park, however that was cancelled due to the park being closed.  So, thank you for preventing hate speech, even though some of your colleagues have been equating the Affordable Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act or Nazi Appeasement.  However, more scientific projects are being cancelled by the day; and in this email, I’d like to turn your attention to Antarctica.  Please, turn your body to the South as you read this, as it will…

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For the Glory!

ksr1Our season of festivals ends each year with a contest.  You can’t win by being the best.  The results have no value except to amuse.  It’s a celebration of imagination, combining art and adaptive mechanics.  It’s a Kinetic Sculpture race!  No advanced degrees required. Continue reading

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Finnegan’s First Weeks

Finn1Finnegan, our new service dog trainee, has different virtues than Spice, our certified guide dog.  He’s a “designer dog” cross between a Goldendoodle and Standard Poodle. Continue reading

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Coexisting With the Deer

FenceFawnIn my back yard Continue reading

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Syria: An Atheist’s Prayer

Originally posted on The Irish Atheist:

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My heart is breaking as I sit in my flat, watching the news coverage of Syria. It’s the current ‘hot topic.’ All cameras from CNN, Fox News, the BBC, MSNBC, are pointed at that tiny chunk of land half a world away. Hundreds of millions of people from around the world are catching a glimpse of the suffering of the Syrian people, of the war that has torn their homes apart. Across the media, the debate rages. War, or no war? Interference or non-interference? I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum, so I sit here in sweatpants and watch my Facebook wall practically debate itself.

It’s during times like these that I understand the urge to pray. I’m thousands of kilometres from Syria, sitting safely in America with a cup of tea. There is nothing, nothing I can do that will make the situation in Syria better…

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