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Tomorrow’s Getting Closer

Humans are an interesting species. We tend to deny that which we cannot control. Ever since we set foot on the veld we have ascribed supernatural explanations to quantifiable phenomena or just said neener neener neener and hoped it would go away. Neither method has proven effective. Astronomers and priests studied the stars not to tell you how your sex life was going to work out, but to gauge the best times for planting, finding shelter, and so on. By figuring this out they were able to create calendars so…

Never More?

I’ve written before about how some of our simian cousins have entered the Stone Age. Simply put they are using stone tools and planning for events that haven’t happened. Those are definable signs of sapience. I have also noted that octopuses, those yummy tasty octopuses laden in garlic and butter, are also developing along the same lines. Before they meet the garlic and butter, natch. The point is that life is not some stagnant thing. It wasn’t plopped here to never grow. On the one hand life adapts to its…

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Intelligence – X

Lately I have been deluged with links to a site called Science Vibe. It purports to be a hip way to get people to understand science. It is anything but. It is exactly the problem with what people think is science. Vague generalizations, quotes taken wildly out of context, all festooned with a combination of fabrications and repeatedly debunked nonsense. One article quoted a scientist I know well. He had written a piece as an introduction to a brand of scientific study. It was well written, clear, and fun. At…

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Who Needs Humans Anyway?

Once upon a time humans thought of themselves as some pretty important shit. Top of the food chain and all that. We had it all figured out. Everything from how a god would behave, and subsequently expect from us, all the way down to how to use our resources in a safe and beneficial manner. If you’re not laughing yet you may either wish to stop reading now or seek therapy. Of course there’s nothing from preventing you from doing both. Go ahead and overachieve. Anyway, humans were the bomb,…

It’s All In The Mind

The human mind is an interesting thing. It completely controls what we can learn about it. Think about that, while ignoring the irony of those three words, and try and imagine any other situation like that. While others may try and influence you no one can truly control your thoughts without your permission. Oh, I’ll grant, there are ways to influence someone’s decision making process. To be more accurate, there are seven. If you’re looking to become a cult leader or something, feel free to click that link. But, even…

Ogg Like!

When people think of cavemen they usually think of people who lived in caves. That would seem to make sense with the term. But, in reality, very few lived in caves. They worshiped in them, buried their dead in them and used them for storage but, otherwise, lived outside. In huts. We also tend to think of them as scared, cretinous, savages. That is a hold over from 18th and 19th century scientists who imposed a very Euro-centric view on our ancestors. If people weren’t blue eyed and white how…

Korea Explained

Despite the gentle reassurances of Ambassador Dennis Rodman (yes, you now live in Bizarro world), not many people believe that North Korea is run by a sane person. Just last year the nice folks in Pyongyang threatened to turn Seoul into a “Sea of Fire.” That is different than Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. Also not as catchy. But the problem is that, for all the high comedy that North Korea provides, they also do have real nuclear weapons. The kind that go boom and make lots of people very…

Aww, C’Mon Honey, Who’s Gonna Know?

Before we begin today let’s take a moment to be completely honest with ourselves. Had the technology existed when we were young there would be some very embarrassing memories being shared right about now. I know you’re riding the high hobby horse now when you are in the “My Morals Corral,” but even when we were barely old enough to know what the heck anything meant “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine” was a time honored tradition. And we honored it. So, if we’d had cell phone…