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Why Panic if Space Aliens Land?

Why Panic if Space Aliens Land? Supposedly, the existence of space aliens would cause mass panic on earth. I have tried for years to understand why this panic would take place. After all, the probability that other life exists in the universe is high; indeed life is everywhere present, but that’s not what seems to … Continue reading

One Day as a Lion

‘It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.’ said Benito Mussolini, and all the fascists cheered. Hell yes. King of the Beasts versus a mild-mannered follower. Predator vs. prey. I’m sure Mussolini, like all fascists, meant a male lion, too. Masculine dominance, Romans (or Germans or Americans) First. And … Continue reading

Ideas that propel history

History is Propaganda with footnotes.-Je’ I’ve been watching the History of Western Civilization. Often such documentaries make me cuss mentally because they are so full of propaganda, but this series is not too bad. The speaker has a dry sense of humor and he said burning people at the stake for ideas is evil, but then … Continue reading

What if You are Actually a Brain in a Vat?

If you study much philosophy, you will at some point understand why Athens condemned Socrates to death. Not that he was Corrupting the Morals of the Youth, the formal charge, but that philosophers ask uncomfortable, if not ridiculous, questions. Since I always wanted to be certain, to know, I gravitated to epistemology, that is, the … Continue reading

The Law of Inevitable A**holes

How’s your week going? Good, I hope. As a former missionary, I try to avoid profanity (with mixed results so far.) Profanity is so over-used that it loses its punch. So I save F-bombs for when I’m really outraged (and then I repent.) The word A**hole pops up so frequently that I began to study … Continue reading

Science, Knowing and Missing the Big Picture

Do you like science? I do. Observing and theorizing and moving on to the next horizon-it’s definitely one of the “angels of our better (human) nature.” Of course, angels have been known to fall now and then, and so have humans, or at least this human has. A little humility is called for. We don’t … Continue reading

Use this simple CACA test for new ideas

I don’t know about you, but I have acted on my share of bad ideas. Usually, I didn’t see what a bad idea it was until after I tried it. “Hey, let’s catch those horses and ride them.””Whose horses are they?” “I don’t know.” “That sounds like a good idea!” So we did catch them … Continue reading

Artists, Poets, Writers, Musicians…this one’s for you

I write a separate blog, Truth Scooper, that is much more political than this one. I know most people just want to stay alive and are too busy doing so to change the world. But today’s Truth Scooper post is about the power of imagination in geopolitics, so artists, poets and writers and musicians might … Continue reading

God is just a mental construct? No paycheck for you then

I have to laugh when atheists dismiss God as “just a mental construct.” God is just something you made up in your head,” they say, ” your imaginary friend,” implying that anyone who believes such things is  childish. They claim that THEY only rely on truth, which they limit to hard, scientific evidence. This is … Continue reading

The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

“O Deep Thought computer,” he said, “the task we have designed you to perform is this. We want you to tell us….” he paused, “The Answer.” “The Answer?” said Deep Thought. “The Answer to what?” “Life!” urged Fook. “The Universe!” said Lunkwill. “Everything!” they said in chorus. -(from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) How would … Continue reading