We are the only species known to deny overwhelming evidence -- about the dangers of smoking -- in ways that actually put us in greater danger. The emotional nature of human risk perception can sometimes produce a literally self-destructive irrationality. Non-human animals don't make such mistakes.
Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G.... I need to make a profit for Wall Street to see.... So begins a Ramble for a hot August day...and a thought starter -...
In August 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seventy years later, the President Obama is imploring Congress to approve a deal to dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
In Wild Kingdom, Campbell shows that as individuals, our dependency on technology blinds us to precipices and predators, to each other. We are living vicariously when we look at a diorama; we live vicariously -- and allow others to live vicariously -- through social media.
We choose to search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence because as Americans, we are free, permissive, non-conformist, incorrigible, and preoccupied with our choices.
And if all these take a really long time to happen, and we do not live to see them, we still would have gained those benefits of meditation, which someone posted, wouldn't we? We would still have gained a holistic lifestyle, health and happiness and much more!
The teachers didn't have to waste time filling in checklists to prove that they had met these standards because they are internalized in high-quality teaching.
Big-game hunting leaves us troubled, I surmise, because it summons us to think of its sordid past. Big-game hunting no longer serves any social utility. Perhaps big-game hunting will vanish from the modern world, through the force of social criticism if not by positive legislative enactment.
Now that our national parks have reopened, it is worth investigating how these parks fit into the creation/evolution issue. I'm going to address this in a series of posts about how creationists use our natural heritage to promote their anti-science agenda.
Josh Rosenau and I have just returned from NCSE's annual rafting trip down the Colorado River and through the spectacular geology and biology of Grand Canyon. Our two motorized boats were packed with an eclectic mix of scientists, teachers, NCSE members, and people who wanted the ultimate experience in Grand Canyon in the company of those who love science.
Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place
With this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe. Perhaps you are not convinced. That is OK; let me speculate what would happen should we ever find evidence of life beyond earth even if you think such discovery unlikely.
For centuries, writers in the science fiction genre have put into words concepts that when viewed at first blush, appear to be set in a framework of...
Few, if any, of us pause for a moment to reflect why we have too much of everything. Our closets and drawers and refrigerators bulge. Our waist lines ...