Another delicious lunch at work today :D ahh the joys of working in a shopping centre :3
I’m watching “Blackfish” right now and it just sunk in.. I mean I’ve been against zoos for a little while now, after it was brought to my attention that, you know, these animals haven’t meant for our entertainment. But watching Blackfish it finally sunk in, just how horrible it is; these animals do not belong in cages, or tanks… I just don’t understand how I was so blind before, it’s obvious to me now. When I was a kid I thought Seaworld (in Australia) was fantastic…. THIS SEAWORLD HAD POLAR BEARS! Bloody arctic fucking polar bears… in an enclosure the size of.. I dunno, half your average house… in Queensland Australia. It makes me so sad…
This month, following the police shooting of Michael Brown and then the police-led violence against demonstrations calling for justice, one would think that any skepticism regarding the existence of racial discrimination in the U.S. would be eradicated.
And although it’s finally the topic of mainstream discussion, according to a Pew/MSNBC poll, it turns out more white people believe in ghosts than in “discrimination against blacks.”
Not only do 17% of the people polled believe in ghosts, but they also think they’ve “interacted” with them. So, racial discrimination based on hundreds of years of well-documented systematic oppression? Nah. High-fiving supernatural beings, of which there exists absolutely no evidence? Yep!
In Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose before his death, Carl describes the psychological/emotional influence of his parents’ death and the importance of scientific literacy amongst our culture.
The interview took place in the wake of the publishing of his book he co-wrote with Ann Druyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark”, which the Los Angeles Times referred to as “…a manifesto for clear thought.”
Sagan’s profound and eloquent wisdom of rationality and skepticism couldn’t be more relevant today, as his words echo loudly across the perpetuated symptoms of scientific illiteracy which continue to shackle us…“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense…(and) We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”…It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”