August 24th, 2008


Random Thought

We do our peers, countrymen, students, and children a grave disservice by admonishing them to think for themselves without also giving them the critical thinking tools to do so, for in so doing we foster a culture where "independent thought" is equated with "contrarian thought". This gives rise to an anti-intellectual, anti-science paradigm that supports an idea not because it meets a basic standard of evidence, but rather simply because it opposes established thought. This is worse than the intellectual calcification that stagnant "herd thinking" would give rise to, because it doesn't simply halt progress- it puts it in full retreat.

This post inspired by yet another web site that not only supports moon hoax theories, but also supports the geocentric model of the universe in all seriousness.
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On a *COMPLETELY* different note...

Kim bought a new brand of cat litter. It's made out of corn.

God help me, it smells delicious! I wanted to take a handful of it and eat it. I never could've imagined that I'd ever stick my face near a cat box, inhale, and salivate. It's cognitive dissonance on an epic scale, and it shakes me to my very core!


In other news, I'm typing this post in order to stall the inevitable but unpleasant task of bleaching my hair for Dragon*Con. Tonight is the first bleaching, to be followed up on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Oh, and we saw Death Race tonight with scrappygeek and synaptic_gap. It wasn't high art, technically accurate, or especially believable, but it was a hell of a lot of fun! Think Car Wars: The Movie. Cool cars, lots of explosions and gunfire, and (to my industrial/cyberpunk aesthetic) one of best Industrial Hell settings I've seen in a very long time. I don't think there was a single piece of vegetation in the entire movie. >:-]
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