Monday, April 21, 2014

Knowledge Really is Power

Last night's episode of Cosmos reminded us of the importance of acquiring knowledge about our world. Geochemist Clair Cameron Patterson was on a quest to discover the age of the Earth, and in doing so rescued our society from the dangers of lead poisoning. I've heard people criticize science as a pursuit of trivial, irrelevant knowledge. I've seen people scoff at science, asking rhetorically, "who cares how old the Earth is?" and "why should we waste money going to Mars?" Dr. Patterson answers those questions perfectly.

NdT shows us the need for skepticism...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Black Science Man

Oh look, racism.

What do you get when a legitimate science program is hosted by a person of color?

Racism, of course.

“Black Science Man” is a thing now on the Internet. I don’t know what to say about it except that it’s sad.

Oh wait, yeah. “It’s just a joke.” That’s like the White Man Motto. Yeah, it is “just a joke.” But what makes that joke funny to you?

See the answer to the first question above.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Value in This Life

Me this morning

I've been such a lump lately. I was sick on and off for over a month. I haven't been to the gym in over three weeks as a result. My diet has been off lately as well. I've been dealing with a shoulder problem for a while now, which has kept me from any serious martial arts training. And today is tax day, which has become my annual "feeling down about life" day. I know that's just how emotions are. They contribute to an ebb and flow to life. Even when things aren't that bad, we have those times in which we feel like it could all come crashing down at any moment. There are days when we feel "in the zone," and there are days when we feel rather, well, lumpy.

Last year I embarked on an ongoing journey towards peace. It's all about finding balance in life. I have an obsessive personality. I tend to go all in on things that interest or excite me. I'm part of the "gamer" subculture, but I don't play many games. Mainly, I just play Magic: the Gathering. It's not because I don't think other games are interesting: I just can't obsess over more than one game. I can't divide my focus, because I don't play games casually. That's why I can look at a random Magic card and tell you random details, like who did the artwork, or which set it's from, or what deck it was in that won the pro tour back in 1996. Balance is difficult for me because I tend to obsess.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If We Can't Think for Ourselves...

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Great Conversation

Podcasting has been my most recent experiment, since I have been listening to several podcasts lately. I've been so busy, though, that I haven't had time to figure out how to do it properly. The podcasting app I downloaded on my iPod kinda... just... stopped working, so I haven't been able to record a new episode. Actually, I did record a new episode - three times. I just can't upload any of them. That's what I get for using the first one I found. So I made this video instead...

[UPDATE: I was finally able to upload a podcast episode. Yay! Here you go: Dead-Logic Podcast Ep. 4: "Faith & Doubt".]

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Path of a Critical Thinker: the Scientific Method

(with pictures!)

"Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained."

— Richard Feynman