It's not enough to know that "fake news" exists; we need to be humble enough to acknowledge that we are susceptible to it, and to blame for it.
There's no returning to the status quo, because it never existed.
The world has changed considerably, and most of those changes happened without us noticing the shift. From year to year, month to month, day to day, our world evolves and the changes just sort of wash over us. But if you pick a date on an old calender and compare it to the current moment in history, the changes are a monsoon.
“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
For me, I care very little about what Objectivism stands for in its Platonic form, the way Rand intended it. In debates, one is often chided to contend with the best form of the argument, but if that form isn't practiced in the real world, it's meaningless. A debate on purely philosophical levels is masturbatory. If I'm going to engage with someone in a debate, I'm only interested in their philosophy in so far as it shapes their actual thoughts and actions.
"When we die there are two things we can leave behind us: genes and memes. We were built as gene machines, created to pass on our genes. But that aspect of us will be forgotten in three generations... We should not seek immortality in reproduction. "But if you contribute to the world's culture, if you … Continue reading The 10 Cities Meme
I don't intend to fully review Fool Me Twice, the recently released book by Shawn Lawrence Otto. I enjoyed it and found it thoroughly readable and a quick jaunt through the history of science and politics in America. It includes a great cast of characters (from Jefferson to Einstein and beyond) and articulates the basics … Continue reading “Fool Me Twice” and ‘Pick and Choose’ Skepticism
"It was a Jump to Conclusions mat." ~ The fat guy. I'm seriously not trying to read too much into this because it was really an insignificant moment. But it illustrates a point so I'm gonna mention it. A little more than a week back, at that whole Soul Club Shebang (maybe they should change … Continue reading Snap Judgments and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies