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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Flat Earth and Other Silliness

    by , 12-10-2017 at 09:30 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Last week there were some stories on google news about a man who was planning to shoot himself off in a steam powered rocket to take photos that would prove that the Earth is a disc. One of those articles mentioned youtube videos and other material. I foolishly wasted more than an hour with videos and articles that demonstrated that education isn't as good as it should be. The main video told how the U.S.A. and the USSR had done many high altitude nuclear tests in attempts to smash through the firmament. ...
  2. Persistence of Ignorance

    by , 12-24-2016 at 04:55 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Earlier today I was shocked to learn that there still are people in Amherst, Massachusetts who think General Jeffrey Amherst had something to do with spreading smallpox among the Indian, and even worse some even think that he did that in Western Massachusetts.

    I previously blogged about this at:
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...nd-the-Indians
    And there is an excellent article about the matter at:
    http://www.jstor.org/stable/27774278...n_tab_contents ...
  3. Eliminating Ignorance

    by , 11-07-2015 at 07:44 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    One Scintilla At a Time

    Earlier today I saw the headline: New York is investigating Exxon Mobil for allegedly misleading the public about climate change. My comment when I shared it on Facebook was: I'm glad I'm not paying for this witch-hunt, because nothing will be proven, but it is possible that it will be shown how questionable some of the so-called science is. But this is nothing compared to some reporting on actual scientific papers.

    For one example, you ...
  4. On Ignorance

    by , 09-11-2015 at 09:55 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    In these modern times ignorance has been winning against knowledge and science. Stupidity is more admired than intelligence. Fallacy is more common than logic. Maybe Im just getting crotchety in my middle age, but I find it absurd that ignorant people hold their ignorance with pride and expect other people to treat their misunderstandings about the world and what is in it as if they were actual facts.

    I started thinking about this in regard to an interview that Trump had with Hugh ...
  5. Journalism and Ignorance

    by , 04-07-2015 at 07:21 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The recent retraction by Rolling Stone of their story about the University of Virginia rape story brought to mind some of the major problems with journalism. I have linked the Columbia University School of Journalism report below. There were specific problems, and thats what the report is about, but there are more general problems with journalism, and those are the underlying reasons for the specific problems. I learned decades ago that news outlets dont report news as much as they try to get ...
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