Tuesday, October 25, 2011

thought for the day/ reason versus fear

around 5:35 of this youtube, 'Mr Carpenter' says "I am fearful when i see people substituting fear for reason."

I've mentioned a few biblical quotes that seemed to be vagueness manipulation like the god telling Moses "I am that I am" and Paul supposedly saying I will be a jew to a jew, a greek to a greek in order to convert.  Godel's theorems show that a consistent set of finite axioms cannot prove an infinity of truths; but a vague inconsistent set of axioms can.  I've argued that God is a vague inconsistent concept that allows to sweep problems under the rug.  I've seen a statement in the dead sea scrolls when reading John Allegro's "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth" that is this vagueness gaming. I beleive this goes further.

Seems to me that there's some people that are about reason.  Others, play these vagueness games.  I would argue that these people play fear games to keep from thinking. I would further argue that most people get into various social groups so those groups can protect them from the general fear mongering of society. If somebody gives them irrational trouble, they just get their friends to go and take care of the given group of people.

I would further argue that people don't question assumptions; they also make over-under generalizations. One of the major signs of a fear monger is they don't ask questions; they just play fear games.

What's really bad about supernatural religions is they hide behind babies, mothers, wives and so on. They play crying games.  Eusebius in his introduction to his "History of the Church" notes that the persecutions the Christians accussed the roman empire were overblown. Christians are always quick to point out the persecutions as proof of their religion.

astro picture for the day

Hubble Space Telescope

Friday, October 21, 2011

astro picture for the day

Credit: NASA / CXC / SAO

Here's a hint of what Spectre R could give us!  This is the Crab supernova remnant pulsar.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

astro picture for the day and youtube for the day/ Russian space radio telescope with a interferometric baseline close to the moon news

I've finally found some news about Spectre R.  It's first data should be sometime from September to October; so, give it another month or two to hear anything!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

astro picture for the day

NASA Hubble Space Telescope(yet another planetary nebula; not a supernova)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

mathematical quote for the day

"... spend some time every day learning something new that is disjoint from the problem on which you are currently working (remember that the disjointness may be temporary), and read the masters." - Irving Kaplansky

James Burke video for the day!/ Point of View for Columbus day!

I know I'm a little late in posting this; i must have been busy.

Anyways, the video speaks for itself.

To bad most people are not free thinkers!

thought for the day/dna nanotech


Dna-Nanotech may be a step or two . . . a year or less?  . . . from really getting going.  Certainly, there can be more robust nano-manufacturing; but, could dna-nanotechnology be good enough for most applications? If it can align nanotubes and graphene for macroscale production, then I'd say yes!

astro picture for the day

Image Credit & Copyright: Larry Van Vleet

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

astro picture for the day/and, note for the day

Hubble Space Telescope image

Note for the day . . . i've finaly edited my future shock video for the day just a few posts back.  It basicaly says the main thought I had; i've just said that and not a lot of other little things.

Friday, October 7, 2011

astro picture for the day

Credit: ESA, NASA, ESO

A part of the Tarantula nebula; the Tarantula nebula is the largest star forming region in our galactic neihborhood and it just happens to be part of the large magellanic cloud(an irregular galaxy that will be stripped and integrated in our galaxy over billions of years)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

video for the day/ Future Shock

Future shock evolved out of culture shock.  I'd like to point out that things like going from high school to college presents a little culture shock.

Information overload defines Future shock as well.   As Mathematicians know well, abstraction, idealization serve the purpose of only considering data and information that seems most relevant to a given problem. So, it seems to me that , future shock can be overcome by a mathematical skilled mind.

astro picture for the day

NASA Hubble space telescope

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

thought for the day/ scientific economy

I'm copying and pasting a post I made originaly elsewhere.  I generally don't care about economic issues; but, I made this thought; and, now, I'm posting it here!


As of paragraph two, the main concerns are problems of getting to space whether govenment or commercial/private.
The Issue is money. Trying to sell space colonization and exploration/expansion to the public has always been a problem because your asking them(both government and non-science public) to fund a minority(scientists are a minority in this high tech age!) to go storming the heavens!
What’s more, these very same people are struggling to understand how to make an economy working! The answer is obvious from perhaps a radical scientists perspective; science and technology(hence space; although, nanotech calls into question space expansion as the only solution to humanities woes) is how you generate wealth! Look, you want to make jobs? Make new science and technologies! Since we’ll never know the whole truth, there’s always room for some new scientific and technological discovery! Space also fits in nicely with this arguement!

astro picture for the day

NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Monday, October 3, 2011

astro picture for the day

NASA Cassini probe image of Saturn moon Iapetus

Iapetus, Enceladus, Titan are every bit as exciting as Jupiters Europa, Io!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Nasa Hubble space telescope images

Both prove Einstein's General Theory of Relativty; even with the recent excitement of neutrinoes going faster than the speed of light, the evidence above ensures that you can't just throw General Relativty(actually special relativity) out the door!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

astro picture for the day

Credit: Susan Stolovy(spitzer space telescope; that's an infrared telescope I do believe)