The United States of Earth

February 5, 2014 7:21 pm
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I do not think this “debate” will really do much to help people think more clearly. I think it is more theater than anything else — and that’s fine, so long as everyone knows what it is and approaches it accordingly.

I like critical thinking, and I learned a lot of it from my one-time mentor, Al Drake (who taught probability at MIT). He used to insist that if we want to decide between options, we have to make sure the items in our list are “mutually exclusive” (that is, they don’t overlap at all) and “collectively exhaustive” (you’ve actually got all the possible options). And I don’t see that Ken Ham and Bill Nye offer me the only two options; nor do I think that all forms of “evolution” necessarily contradict human uniqueness.

This “debate” cannot help but be seen as “science versus the Bible,” and I don’t think that does justice to either.

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Ham on Nye Pre-Debate Coverage: Interview with Dr. Jack Collins.
A nice, but impartial, summary of my thoughts. (via hilker)

Well said

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September 19, 2013 1:05 pm May 17, 2013 12:30 pm April 22, 2013 4:21 pm
hilker:

You trust the guy in office now? Good for you! Will you trust the next one? Or the next one?

hilker:

You trust the guy in office now? Good for you! Will you trust the next one? Or the next one?

(Source: hipsterlibertarian, via suchtango)

January 3, 2012 3:14 pm
hilker:

davereed:

tell me about it

yep.

hilker:

davereed:

tell me about it

yep.

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May 27, 2011 6:48 pm
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  • Thank You
  • By: Kerry Muzzey
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A track from a great little short film. It’s available on iTunes, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good short film.

6:42 pm
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anondrogynous:

Comptine d’un autre été l’ apres midi.

Google Translate says it means ‘rhyme of another summer afternoon’. To me it means, I’m tired and I can’t think, I can’t put any more of this into anymore words and I’ll let the music speak for and to me.

May 26, 2011 2:26 pm
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  • Are We All Forgotten
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May 17, 2011 6:02 pm
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  • By: Sleeping At Last
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When we were young
our words were innocent
whiter than snow,
awkward and slow.
now when we speak,
we risk an avalanche.
but that’s not enough now
to reroute our plans.

i believe that we’ve got it wrong, got it wrong.
we’ll realize when it’s said and done, said and done,
that in our words we’ve lost so much more
than we’ve ever won.

the aftermath
is cracked wood where fences stood
and the broken bones of our childhood.

in our trembling fear,
we put words inside God’s mouth.
we cover our tracks
and get so proud of ourselves,
we get so proud of ourselves,
we get so proud of ourselves
when we get away.

i believe that we’ve got it wrong, got it wrong.
we’ll realize when it’s said and done, said and done,
that in our words we’ve lost so much more
than we’ve ever won.

it’s in our nature to complicate,
but in the end it’s the casualties