Posts Tagged: carl sagan

The Economist is asking why people believe in nonsense. Well I will tell you:   Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, and others have known it for years: We need to teach critical thought to young people, Continue Reading…

If all that is too hippy, too arcane….. self awareness of people ingesting my words quite a bit after my last breath, the earnest humanistic love trumping self shame from sounding so giddily loving and portently 3rd person, me.. a voyuer watching your reaction while long past into shadow….

*Nice*.  Center for Inquiry is a humanist skeptic group.  They aren’t as active as CSICOP (committee for scientific investigation into claims of the paranormal) in debunking frauds, etc…. but more Continue Reading…

Please. Share it with family that remembers the first man on the moon, or watching the innovation of the war fueled space race that led us from vitriol to hope.

So contemplate this: For millions of years, our male ancestors are scampering about, throwing rocks at pigeons, running after baby antelopes and wrestling them to the ground, forming a single line of shouting, running hunters and trying to terrify a herd of startled warthogs upwind. Imagine that their lives depend on hunting skills and teamwork. Much of their culture is woven on the loom of the hunt. Good hunters are also good warriors. Then, after a long while—a few thousand centuries, say—a natural predisposition for both hunting and teamwork will inhabit many newborn boys. Why? Because incompetent or unenthusiastic hunters leave fewer offspring. I don’t think how to chip a spearpoint out of stone or how to feather an arrow is in our genes. That’s taught or figured out. But a zest for the chase—I bet that is hardwired. Natural selection helped mold our ancestors into superb hunters.

I had a conversation with a guy that was talking about the metaphysical side Chaos Theory, IE *total bullshit*.  Saying more scientists don’t visit it, as it is unknowable.  I mean.. who is this guy?  Continue Reading…