Alternative Heaven

From cartoonist Pat Byrnes. Is any further comment necessary? Is it necessary to point out that the substitution of lies in place of truth is itself already diabolical, and the rebranding of lies as though they were merely a variant form of truth is even more so? [Read more…]

The Doctor on “Alternative Facts”

IO9 drew attention to the fact that today marks the 40th anniversary of the first airing of the Doctor Who episode “The Face of Evil,” which I blogged about back in 2012. The above quote seems particularly relevant to the present day, when many prefer to seek to alter the facts rather than alter their views [Read More…]

Facts Should Change Your Beliefs

Hemant Mehta shared the above image. I obviously agree with the sentiment. No one should think that this stance is an atheist one. Certainly, many atheists are committed to being rational. But if you have talked to an atheist who is an anti-vaxxer or a Jesus-mythicist, then you realize the two are not synonymous. Likewise [Read More…]

Imperfect Views of Reality

In a blog post about denialism, Mark Hoofnagle writes: Denialism in most people is a defense mechanism that protects their core values from being undermined by reality. And no matter what your ideology, at some point, you will have a conflict with the facts because no ideology perfectly describes or models all of reality. You are [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (The Doctor)

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” Uttered by the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, in [Read More…]

Memorizing and Forgetting Facts

This cartoon illustrates well one of the reasons why I’ve moved away from exams that focus on the recall of facts of the sort that can be memorized for a test and then forgotten. HT A Feather Adrift [Read more…]