The Dark Side of the Sun

transcendent

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

Prairie Dogs

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.

Chris_Hadfield_2011

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...]

Well, This Is Disturbing.

bill-the-cat

Before I started A Citizen of Earth, I blogged as The Blue Collar Atheist.The name was mostly intended to underline my lack of a college degree, or any great amount of advanced education, to make the point that giving up religion, become an agnostic or atheist, is not something you need a Ph.D. to do. You can be a complete doofus and still reason yourself free of it.Speaking of which, even *I* can see the gaping holes in some of the stuff from this site (hat tip to commenter Chris for … [Read more...]

4th Grade Quiz: Four Ways Not to be Fooled

Science Quiz

"What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?"  goes the old joke. The answer: Elephino (hell if I know)!To the question of whether the attached image is the real thing, that's the best I can figure out. (Click to see it full-size.)I saw it this morning on the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason Facebook page, a link shared by J.O., commenter from Gothenburg, Sweden. The original image appears to be from Imgur.The Imgur side-caption says the picture was … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X