When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.
The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty damn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain. Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.
This is one of the many reasons why I refer to this game when people are incredulous that simple rules can generate incredible complexity when it comes to life in the universe. It’s also why just because the dominoes of life are set up and irreversible it doesn’t mean that there’s a pre-determined outcome.
This is pretty amazing. Well worth watching past the first 5 minutes. You know how people taut hemp as being a miracle crop with a million uses? Thorium looks to be the miracle fuel for nuclear reactors.
Holograms are getting closer and closer to becoming a viable reality. I remember seeing a comparatively crude setup of this same sort of technology only months ago. The video I saw was probably a few years old but that doesn’t matter. The advances they’ve made in the resolution and speed this hologram technology can produce is mind blowing.
This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I’ll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace.
Who art al dente
Simmered be thy sauce.
Thy cheese in crumbs,
Thy meatballs yum,
On our plates,
As well as our forks.
Give us this day our garlic bread,
And deliver us some antacid.
For thine is the noodles,
And the ground meat forever.
Artception of the Day: London-based comedy artist Charlotte Young’s “artist’s statement” is a brutally honest excoriation of self-described “artists” tucked inside a thoughtful exploration of self-mockery as an artistic medium wrapped around a necessary critique of pretension as an art world fulcrum floating in perfume served in a man’s hat.
I cherish these interviews of Jon on Fox. His show aside some of his best stuff comes out in defense of his comedy and the commentary he lays down as a result. “You know, how crazy is it when politicians are a joke and comedians are taken seriously?”. slap that on a fucking billboard.
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy. Shyness has nothing to…
Touchable holograms. Science fiction just got a little more real. I remember seeing something like this a while back but it used puffs of air to create the sensation of something hitting your hand. This application of ultrasonic waves looks much more promising.
Animated Short of the Day: “As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.”
An unclassified document distributed to law enforcement and security personnel shows the rights of the photographer when photographing a federal building. As a photographer this should be highly recommended documentation to take with you wherever you go.
Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.