Pile-On Against ‘Rationalia’

Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) fired out a tweet on Wednesday, June 29: Earth needs a virtual country: Rationalia, with a one-line Constitution: All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence ... and the response was weird.I know absolutely nothing about Tyson's motivation, but I suspect he put it out there in mild and humorous frustration at how utterly NON-rational current society and government is. Suggesting ONE way it could be better -- with a more-rational, rather than … [Read more...]

Did God Mess With Biology’s Roots?

I've said many times that the true, full effect religion has had on human society is not something any of us is really equipped to notice. It's so ... everywhere ... that we have little to contrast with it in order to clearly see the damage.Even science, which escaped the grasp of religion and went off to change the world in ways religion could never have managed, still -- in my view, anyway -- suffers aftereffects.  For instance:Here's a pretty good article about something humans and … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of the Sun

I belong to a couple of Facebook groups on Transhumanism and the Singularity, and I avidly read the articles and posts. But I don't buy into every one of them. Yes, I want fantastic things to happen. Hell, I fully EXPECT fantastic things to happen. But ... a lot of the articles are more about possibilities than realities.  For instance, I think we've been predicting safe, abundant fusion energy -- any time now -- for the past 50 years. I've kinda begun to wonder "What if it just isn't … [Read more...]

Prairie Dogs are Calling You Fat

I don't think I ever got to meet this guy when I lived in Flagstaff and edited an arts and entertainment magazine for 3 years, but I wish I had. He's doing some amazing work.Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., assisted by students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, has managed to decode some of the content of prairie dog language. As it turns out, they're pretty expressive. You might not think it to look at them, but prairie dogs and humans actually share an important commonality -- and … [Read more...]

Neuroscientist: Fundamentalism As Mental Illness

A HuffPo article from yesterday (Friday, May 31) says:Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness An Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience has suggested that one day religious fundamentalism may be treated as a curable mental illness.Kathleen Taylor, who describes herself as a "science writer affiliated to the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics," made the suggestion during a presentation … [Read more...]

The First Music Video in Space … Rocks.

I know you've probably seen this already. But it's special enough that *I* wanted to put it somewhere permanent. This is so cool it brought tears to my eyes.Thanks to ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. (Hurrah for Canadian intelligence, talent and bone-deep class!)Video below:   … [Read more...]


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