I understand why there are so many climate science deniers and religious fanatics and new age numb skulls and pseudo-medical practitioners, charlatans, snake charmers and basic delusional cases in our world who seem to have not attended science class when they were young.
The truth is, they did attend science class. How come they deny science?
Science has said some pretty awful things. It hasn’t come right out and said them, mind you, but anybody that tips their toe into science’s icy water has felt this chill. Science, I’m very sorry to say, has at least “inferred” that:
The horrors of World War II and the subsequent prospect of Cold War nuclear destruction created what was known as the Age of Existential Courage.
Yes, there was an embrace of the doom, a philosophy that life was absurd or meaningless and there was very little hope, but the doctrine of the age was for the existentially courageous man to embrace his freedom, face the fact that he probably should kill himself, but to choose to live instead, since that is in fact the most courageous choice. It was called existential courage.
It was recently pointed out in a brilliant…
I can just picture the logo — too bad I can’t draw. There would be this fish in uniform, of course, with medals on his lapels. He’s the Sturgeon General, get it?
Yes, this is what I do with my free time (and also some of my not-free time when I am being paid to be thinking of something else, but there you have it.)
(Picture this rocker sporting quite a package, a la Spinal Tap. Yep, that’s the galactic bulge.)
(I guess I would use the same bearded guy from the movie as the logo for this.)
Poor old Yorick. Hamlet, that first modern human being, was quite capable of conceiving of Yorick’s death. He knew him well, after all. But his own death? Hamlet seemed a little wishy washy about it. “To sleep, perchance to dream.” Um…good luck with that Hamlet. I mean, Yorick isn’t dreaming, is he? So how the hell are you going to dream after you’re just a skull?
Neurologists recently did an experiment that showed the human being is programmed to ignore the fact of its own death. The brain seems to regard death as something that happens to people less fortunate…
I am happy that you are being helped by psychotherapy, don’t get me wrong. I just think that you should know, psychology is not a science. It is a collection of opinions about what might make people feel better.
At no time ever has psychotherapy or psychiatry impressively outperformed a placebo. …
Whatever horse dewormer you have is fine. You don’t have any horse dewormer? No, that’s alright, I know you would share it with me if you had it, neighbor.
What do you mean, “You are not a horse.” I’m not a dummy, neighbor. I know I’m not a horse. But I heard through the grapevine, and by the grapevine I mean the insane conspiracy Qanon Trumpy internet sites I go on, that horse dewormer fights COVID. Do you have any?
What about bleach? Do you have a cup of bleach I could drink?
What do you mean, “You…
My mother used to say, “You don’t choose your friends.” I think it’s kind of true. This friend kind of joined our friend group years ago and de facto became my friend.
It’s not like dating, where you have a few coffees together before you “seal the deal.” Male friendship just sort of happens without much reflection.
As long as a dude can crack a few jokes and make me laugh, I will for sure be his friend.
We men are seriously not complicated.
I have much higher expectations and standards for females. Sexism? Maybe, but probably just an Oedipal…
Go easy on yourself, big guy. I know, I know, your Mom and Dad expected such big things out of you.
But newsflash: your mom and dad are apes too!
Just in case you doubted the scientists' assertion that you and all the rest of the population are in fact apes, take a look at the news this week.
Yep, over in Afghanistan apparently, some marauding Taliban have been gang-raping dead female corpses. …
On what exactly are futurists like the much mentioned Ray Kurzweil basing their optimistic forecasts about science beating death? Surely not medical science’s lousy history of improving human longevity. Maybe Kurzweil should have stuck to making awesome electronic keyboards — that Kurzweil sound is the only thing that will live forever, sorry, Ray.
In all the years since Hippocrates became the first hypocrite, the longevity of humans has remained almost exactly the same — despite vitamins, minerals and hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
As Yuval Harari points out in Homo Deus, the focus on “living forever” is a scam invented to help…