Sunday, July 24, 2011

Heppi Burfdai

25 and still alive!

Posting will resume as usual after the week-long celebrations.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Elevator Guy Versus Glasses Girl

I'm a bit late to the party, but I could not help jumping on the proverbial bandwagon of commentary to the blogosphere's latest gossip.

The characters are: Richard Dawkins, celebrated evolutionary biologist and atheist activist; Rebecca Watson, Feminist atheist blogger; Elevator guy, to whom nobody knows but is conveniently used by all, and lastly the miscellaneous chorus of bloggers, oppressed Muslim women, rape-survivors, PUAs, and other randos.

Here's the happenstance: Feminist Atheist blogger Rebecca Watson was hit on by a guy in an elevator. It was 4 AM, after a long night of conference speeches and partying in Dublin, Ireland, when a man stepped into the hotel elevator with Rebecca and said these words: "Don't take this the wrong way, but I find you very interesting, and I would like to talk more. Would you like to come to my hotel room for coffee?"


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Next Great Depression

Every day the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the rest of us in the middle get stretched even further until that paycheck to paycheck is as thin and worn as an old dollar bill. Watching the debate over our fiscal and economic policy between Republican'ts and Democraps has been more depressing than watching The Notebook.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Living With The Dursleys of San Francisco

Dealing with irrational people is rather like dealing with a child on crack while attempting to communicate to them in a foreign language. The problem with irrational people is that because they're irrational, they frequently cannot understand the logic or reason which you would normally employ to enlighten them, nor do they care to because anything you say is an attack on them and how dare you call them dramatic! The worst part is when you dissect every irrational assumption they've made, when you've rebutted or refuted their points, when you've basically broken down what they've said into why it was wrong and how it was irrational as well as what actually happened... and then after all this they say, "okay well whatever just forget it, but do you understand my point?"

To which I can only reply, "you mean the point I just left lying there dead on the floor?"


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transference, Projection & Selective Reading

  When discussing serious issues amongst the blogosphere, there is often disagreement over content, semantics, and deep ideological differences, but perhaps the most unfortunately common problem is that many bloggers are simply unable to control their own knee-jerk reactions. This is often coupled with a mild form of illiteracy.

As for my own latest round of inflammatory posts, they have created something of a stir amongst the Hater Elite of cyberspace. And while each response is unique in the brand of bigotry they aspire to, nonetheless there is a common thread tying them together.

1. Transference of prior conversations, arguments, and opinions onto present conversations based on perceived similarity.

2. Projection of fears, paranoia, ignorance, prejudice, and other non-rational emotions due to the aforementioned transference.

3. Selective reading of posts, comments, and debates through use of misquoting, misrepresenting data, evidence, as well as general misunderstanding of opposing viewpoints through either ignorance, willful intent, or general miscommunication. This makes the above points possible.

I shall now provide examples.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation & Other Fallacies

Among the most common mistakes made by scientific amateurs is the presentation of a correlation as proving a causation. While scientific methodology is quite clear that correlation does not equal causation, does not imply causation, and does not prove causation, many people circumvent this major tenet with frightening regularity. Because of this their statistics are flawed, and their conclusions are usually wrong.

Allow me to explain.

The 4th of July, The 5th of November

I've never been the "patriotic" type. I'm too cynical. Too well read in our nation's history. Too contemptuous of our various misdeeds, both past and present. I'm too bothered by our continued involvement in atrocities around the world, particularly the latest wars we've gotten ourselves in. I'm too young to sit quietly while watching the fireworks, but too old to protest.