Posts tagged "science"


I’ll go into used book stores for the smell alone…

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1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(EdYour primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

UpdateOur arts critic has some words of encouragement for you.

I combined the uselessness of #2 + #9 into something practical.

Raise your hand if you disagree. Money alone doesn’t define the usefulness of these majors, nor should it. And 93 percent of statistics don’t always apply to you.

Woohoo #7 & #4!!!

I’m not entirely clear how Architecture, Graphic Design, and Film and Video Arts can be useless. Perhaps over-saturated, but yeah, #7 and #4 are tops in my book, too. I also once majored in #13, love #11, can do #8, and am intrigued by nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, and 12 (and maybe even #1).

Yes, indeed, I am completely useless.

And yes, Mr. Anal-Retentive Perfectionist with Asperger Tendencies did go back to SFB and Newsweek’s original posts to copy and paste this reblog together in its curent form. You’re welcome.

Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.

There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as the Candle in The Dark  (via skaterboytae)


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D***, this is beautiful. I miss you, Carl.

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“The reason why science and religion are actually incompatible is that, in the real world, they reach incompatible conclusions. It’s worth noting that this incompatibility is perfectly evident to any fair-minded person who cares to look. Different religions make very different claims, but they typically end up saying things like “God made the universe in six days” or “Jesus died and was resurrected” or “Moses parted the red sea” or “dead souls are reincarnated in accordance with their karmic burden.” And science says: none of that is true. So there you go, incompatibility.” — Sean Carroll

The reason why this argument is refutable is because Sean Carroll is a complete blowhard. Looking at myth used to explain the unexplainable to the simple does not prove your point. Claiming that billions of people throughout history are completely and irrefutably wrong with no real relation to your argument does not help your argument.

It should be perfectly clear to any non-dogmatic, truly open-minded individual who recognizes what seems obvious to many — that there is a body (physical) and there is a soul (spiritual) — that religion is concerned with the soul while science is concerned with the body.

Religion and faith are concerned with the unseen and unseeable. Science is concerned with what it can see and classify. To stretch either into the other realm in a way to eradicate the other is irresponsible and ignorant.

And yes, religion does concern itself with some aspects of the body and what is seen, obviously (how to live and what to do). Just as science does concern itself with some aspects of what would be considered the spirit, the unseen. (Psychology?) They are not in any way, though, mutually exclusive.

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Changing our world, faster than light
The world as we know it is on the brink of disintegration, on the verge of dissolution. No, I’m not talking about the collapse of the Euro, of international finance, of the Western economies, of the democratic future, of the unipolar moment, of the American dream, of French banks, of Greece as a going concern, of Europe as an idea, of Pax Americana.

I am talking about something far more important. Which is why it made only the back pages of your newspaper, if it made it at all. Scientists at CERN (the European high-energy physics consortium) have announced the discovery of a particle that can travel faster than light.

Neutrinos fired 454 miles from a supercollider outside Geneva to an underground laboratory in Gran Sasso, Italy, took less time (60 nanoseconds less) than light to get there. Or so the physicists think. Or so they measured. Or so they have concluded after repeatedly checking for every possible artifact and experimental error.

The implications of such a discovery are so mind boggling, however, that these same scientists immediately requested that other labs around the world try to replicate the experiment. Something must have been wrong to account for a result that, if we know anything about the universe, is impossible.

And that’s the problem. It has to be impossible because, if not, everything we know about the universe is wrong. (INFN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thank God. And Chris Harper. And Pastor Deacon Fred Smith. And Americhrist, Ltd.

(In response to earlier.)

The funny thing is that, now that I think about it, I think I recall seeing something about this site last year sometime. And yet I got duped.

**WARNING: Do not read the above link if you only have a few brain cells left.**

The utter and absolute idiocy of some people who claim to follow Jesus Christ.

Seriously, have you never heard of the water cycle? Did you not take science throughout grade school and into high school? Are you complete and utter dolts?

It’s people like these that make me ashamed to use the label “Christian.”

On the other hand, these guys have been mentioned as an antidote.

EDIT: I got duped. Good thing literallyunbelievable only covers the Onion.

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