People use Pascal’s Wager on me surprisingly often, which I don’t understand as it’s been done to death and is easily defeated by simply asking the question, “Which of the tens of thousands of gods being worshiped today is the one to be faithful to?”
The petty one that created us solely to have us worship it because it has such a fragile ego it’ll send us to an eternity of misery if we don’t endlessly praise it despite a rational disbelief in the absurd, supernaturally-based proposal for its existence? Or the one who gave us free will but then killed everyone and everything because he didn’t like the way they used their free will despite knowing in advance the way in which they’d end up behaving? Or the one with blue skin and four arms whose followers have the highest retention rate, by a fair margin, of all the religions of the world? Or perhaps the one worshiped by nearly 2 billion people, the most loved god of all time?
Blaise Pascal: brilliant mathematician, terrible gambler.
If there is an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving god — as the culture I was brought up in and indoctrinated with from the age of 5 would have me believe — then I would expect Continue reading
Warning: putting on this uniform may cause you to lose all sensibilities and experience a false justification to exercise power and authority over others
Remember the Stanford Prison Experiment that psychology professor Philip Zimbardo ended up having to shut down early because the “prison guards” in the experiment became excessively brutal towards the “inmates”?
If you haven’t read up on it, you really should. It’s a fascinating study on how, even under controlled conditions, perfectly normal people will turn against those who were previously viewed as equals simply because someone told them, “You are better than those people.” History has seen similar examples repeated many times over.
And here’s the latest example. Only this time Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this is some sort of message to be environmentally friendly by unplugging your cell phone charger when it’s not in use so it doesn’t sit there drawing power all day.
Well, sure, there is that. But my message to you today is a matter of life and death. My concern is not that you are draining life from our planet Earth, but that you may very well be putting your life — and the lives of others — at risk, not to mention the much bigger issue of possibly contributing to the complete destruction of Continue reading
On August 27, 2009, I pondered, “What would happen if I really tweeted the way that Twitter haters say all tweeples tweet?” Following that, I announced my intention to, “…do it as an experiment starting tomorrow.”
At 22:28 that same night I stated, as a warning, “Alright my friends and followers, my tweeting-like-a-real-twerson(???) experiment begins tomorrow morning. It’s gonna get nasty!”
A cousin of mine and FaceBook friend, John Lisonbee, commented on my above statement with, “Nasty, or just twittery?” to which I replied, “Twisty maybe?”
The morning of August 28, 2009 the grand experiment began. My intention: cause the creation of a Continue reading
The cool thing about social networking sites like FaceBook is that it gives crazy people a whole new way to stalk you. Nothing says “FaceBook success story” like having your very own cyber stalker.
But don’t worry. Usually it just means that somebody has a Continue reading
Doctors and scientists are an interesting bunch. If they can’t prove scientifically that something is true, well, they have a hard time believing it. If they were to see an elaborate snow sculpture of an enticing mermaid teasing onlookers, they would first assume it appeared there purely from natural causes until evidence that a person created it was brought forth.
And thus we are brought to the itch. We all feel it. We all scratch when we do. We all know that so doing provides relief. Or does it? If nobody knows how the scratch provides relief, does it actually do so? I’ll be honest… I have to wonder.
When I was going through military basic training, you weren’t allowed to Continue reading
Every year we go through the torture of “springing forward” in order to… what? Partake in congress’ brilliant energy savings plan? Have more time to partake in leisurely activities? Tell Benjamin Franklin, “Ha! The joke’s on you!”
All I know is that Arizona, Hawaii, and the Hopi Nation are all smarter than the rest of the U.S.
During the first couple of months that we switched to daylight savings time, I ranted about it via Continue reading
Ever since I first started watching Star Trek back in the early 1980′s, I’ve wanted to follow Spock‘s advice to “live long and prosper.”
I’ve read up on some scientific research (though, this can hardly be trusted) for how to accomplish such a task. I’ve also studied the long lived. Here are my findings: Continue reading
You’ve heard me say it before. Stu is awesome.
But how can you know that I’m telling the truth? Because I said so here, on my blog, which is on the internet. And, as you know, if something is on the internet it is irrefutable.
But don’t just take my word for it. This blog also says it. They even mention it on this discussion board (second post on that page).
I know what you’re thinking. But Stu, that whole saying about if it’s on the internet is just a sarcastic joke because there is so much untruth on the internet!
Yeah, I used to think that too. But then I found this:
And the best part of it all? I found that image on the internet! That makes it irrefutably irrefutable!
Okay, I wrote three serious posts in a row. I’ve gone WAY over quota for the year. Let’s get back to business, shall we?
A recent study published by Psychological Science magazine shows that teenagers are, essentially, overconfident.
Where have these people been? Have they not visited a movie theater over the weekend in the last five years? Today’s teens are full of themselves? No way!