Links and Comments

This page will knit together various internal and external links and comments that have been compiled on this blog since its inception, in the same framework outline. This page is in work.

  1. The vast, ancient universe
  2. The human mind… and its biases
    • Mind
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      • blog post: Science on Religion: “The verdict is in: we are our brains, roughly speaking. That is, according to modern neuroscience and cognitive science, our personalities, dreams, and experiences are all products of intensely complex interactions of the neurons in our craniums.”
      • blog post: how views of awesome scenery are attributed to ‘God’; comment about why certain observations, but not others, induce such thinking, if *everything* is the work of god. Rather, such feelings are about magical thinking, the perception of imaginary patterns, i.e. things going on inside your head.
      • blog post: Patricia Churchland interview: “Why is it so difficult for us to see the reality of what we actually are?” With comments about how the mind, as merely a mass of tissue, is a like a book, merely an arrangement of letters.
      • The Dunning-Kruger effect described by Donald Prothero: “ignorant or unskilled people tend to overestimate their level of competence and expertise, while those who are truly expert sometimes underestimate their true level of expertise” (via this blog post, also linking to discussion of Scientific illiteracy). Related: this Bertrand Russell quote.
      • Comments on Daniel Dennett’s book Intuition Pumps, techniques for thinking (in part to overcome mental biases); note especially ‘joosting’, ‘surely’, and ‘deepities’
      • via Boing Boing link to a 1995 speech about cognitive biases: Twenty Four Standard Causes of Human Misjudgement
    • Narrative
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  3. All supernatural phenomena…
    • Religious claims
      • (blog): Quotes from book by DF Swaab: “As far as I’m concerned, the most interesting question about religion isn’t whether God exists but why so many people are religious. There are around 10,000 different religions, each of which is convinced that there’s only one Truth and that they alone possess it. Hating people with a different faith seems to be part of belief.”
      • Atheism
        • blog post: Grayling quotes Clifford about belief upon insufficient evidence: “one long sin against mankind”.
        • Comment on this post from Facebook and Twitter personality Anti-Intellect; “Belief or disbelief in god is not about intelligence, though that factors. It’s about the serviceability of myths….”
        • via: Connor Wood, is atheism a luxury? Religion is easy, science is hard.
      • Supernatural & Pseudoscience
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  4. Human Culture
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  5. Science
  6. The arc of scientific and technological progress
    • Technology
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    • Science Fiction (1)
  7. The arc of social progress
    • Social Progress
    • The Gays
      • via: two gay brothers who grew up in a Christian bubble
    • Morality
      • (blog post): a New Ten Commendments, from Adam Lee, quoted here; cf. Wikipedia on this subject
      • (blog post): How religion is oppressive; “Another example of how I feel the morals of religions are based in the values of primitive societies, struggling to survive thousands of years ago, whose morals are not necessarily applicable in modern society. Can we not all grow up?”
  8. Conservative Resistance
    • Right Wing Watch: daily examples of conservative/right-wing/religious resistance to changing times, usually with predictions of God’s wrath, etc. See: Jack Smith Rule.
    • Antidote to apocalyptic religious claims, including conservative predictions of doom resulting from any progressive social change: The Jack Smith Rule: predict the opposite, and you will win.
    • Links and Quotes about that Duck Guy; my closing comment: “My own position, of course, is that whatever the Bible says is irrelevant to any modern society; it is a relic of primitive cultures whose standards are no longer applicable.”
    • via: Why drugs are expensive. “Often you will hear people talking about why drugs are expensive: it’s the greedy pharmaceutical companies, the patent system, the government, capitalism itself. All these factors contribute to increasing the price of a drug, but one very important factor often gets entirely overlooked: Drugs are expensive because the science of drug discovery is hard.” Why is pharma evil, to conservatives, but car companies are not?
  9. Species Reset
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  10. Humanity’s conscious place in the universe
    • Conscious Awareness
    • Human Progress
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    • Humanism
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      • blog post: Hitchens on the futility of eradicating religion, entirely; Jeffrey Tayler, Sean McElwee, Arthur C. Clarke.
    • Science Fiction (2)