Saturday, April 19, 2014

Just don't throw acid on a girl's face, or kill a young female relative, because some ancient writings were read through the filter of misogyny.

I am not an angry, progressive atheist... I love people, in all our eccentricities...
We are upright apes at the apex of destruction and I have a rabid fascination about how we are gonna get out of this mess.

We need imagination, vision from our world leaders, respectful and rational discourse across world borders, to change the paradigm of nationalism from seeing the world as isolated and separate areas of land and peoples, to the
RECOGNITION THAT WE ARE A global species in dazed paniC..
A SPECIES on the edge of extinction, who are fluffing
around spending money and being #goodconsumercitizens while the conditions for life as we know it, may puff out like the dinosaurs and
millions/billions OF OTHER CRITTERS....
#WE are not special, we have no proof of any supernatural beliefs, we are simply very, very clever apes, whose entire story from one celled to multicellular to pink kardashian cellular, is but a split billionth, micro, micro, infinitesimal moment in the awesomely huge, majestic story of what we know so far about our universe...

And this blog is #my little yell into the universe.

Stop fighting over your different gods, pray to them by all means, but don' t kill me cos I won't do what your super-god said, don't get in the way of us little apes, we are apes you do know that, right? Stay out of education and law making and politics and we will be friends. Just don't throw acid on a girl's face, or kill a young female relative, because some ancient writings were read through the filter of misogyny. And please don't get in the way of Scientific initiative cos you think your Sky Daddy is bigger than, more important than, the survival of us arrogant, narcissistic, destructive and selfish apes? We are all that, but we are also artists, musicians, we love and care for each other. It's the side that sees us as a global neighbourhood, an amazingly inspiring species, on a little blue planet, in the middle of nowhere, and yet, everywhere. Trying hard to reach for the stars and also see into the smallest parts of an atom.

I am not optimistic, I feel we have not evolved enough as a species to deal with #TEOTWAWKI.
But I do know we do not have time for superstition.

Science is, as it has always been, our own little peep hole into the universe, why things do this and not that, why we do this and not that,  #thetruth as we know it so far, subject to the rigors of the scientific process.



Friday, April 18, 2014

#something from nothing..and your kicks for free.. #RichardDawkins #LaurenceKrauss


SOMETHING from NOTHING?

The Dawk, in all his professorial splendour,
and the eloquent humour of #Laurence Krauss
teach what should already be known.

An intriguing discussion between two #gentlemen #apes that should fascinate all us apes.


#RichardDawkins and Laurence Krauss discuss
#something from nothing and all the other theist misunderstandings.

Very worth your time to watch.
Enjoy!






How free are we...really ?

Friday, April 11, 2014

#Ann Coulter said whaaaat !!!!



#Ann Coulter, flapping mouth of the #Conservative Clan.

So extreme in her speech that it has been said she can't be serious and is a progressive delivering extreme satire much in the vein of #StephenColbert but more vicious.

Sadly untrue, no matter how much I would adore it to be fact.

She is simply a loud, opinionated, hateful, Republican mouth piece. 




Monday, April 07, 2014

In a reflective mood...


..fast forward to today and it's the same old, same old. 

History should teach us that the rich and powerful will always push down 

while telling us that 

their wealth 

really, truly-ruley will help give us jobs 

and 

we too can grow up to be wealthy.



It's OK to not know! 



Saturday, April 05, 2014

I want to cuddle Noam Chomsky...



Avram Noam Chomsky 
American linguistphilosophercognitive scientist,logician, political commentator and activist. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics",Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He is a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky





Click to read a great interview with Noam at #Truthout
















#Chomsky tops my most admired person list.



Wednesday, April 02, 2014


#breast cancer...

Three close friends have, in the last year, bravely fought this battle.



Here is #ART being used to support, raise awareness and celebrate the strength of these women.


The #SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors 
shot by fashion photographer #David Jay. 
Primarily an awareness raising campaign, 
The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer 
while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.


See more Brave Woman here...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

How HOT is Science now !!!!! ...and it is goooood!



Meandering ponderings...arising from...

listening to Neil DeGrasse Tyson on #Inquiring minds podcast

http://www.chriscmooney.com/podcasts/


and pondering how #HOT #Science is right now...




#COSMOS renewed has emerged to great fanfare. Fantastic publicity, deservedly so! ?
Most reactions celebratory but òf course we have the Young Earth nutters and the usual suspects wanting "EQUAL TIME!!!
But I don't want to waste time on them.

And...drum roll... it premiered on FOX !
Primarily thanks to Seth's contacts ?
Nat Geo is also promoting it.

MEDIA is talking about Cosmos.

And then we have...

the blossoming of natural images invading the global psyche...nature is beautiful, scary and colorful. We all have a FB friend who shares brilliant pix of the awe inspiring creatures and places of the world...
just like we all have the friends who send emotionally intelligent quotes, the photo album family, the spill my emotions and tell way too much or, like me, post stuff that 'proves' my #liberal atheist bias or world view.

We are such amazing stardust. We are AWARE of the Cosmos and so the Cosmos is made self aware through us. It's mind blowing. Science is the process through which we become aware.

#I FUCKING LOVE SCIENCE facebook page has a #gigantorious amount of subscribers. People are being fascinated by science through FB and the wonderful images they now see and the questions they raise.

Although this feels like a fork in the road moment for humanity, my heart quavers at history's lesson.

We all remember what killed the Renaissance.


Truly, we all need to accept that humans have different beliefs about everything...fave colors, music, politics...and religion. All our beliefs we reinforce, by collecting evidence that will support what we already believe and having blinkers on if evidence goes against what we believe. We all suffer from this blind spot. Brilliant university research shows we are such predictable animals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

Detecting our own blind spots and dumping the blinkers is an enormous challenge.

So remembering we all have blind spots...

set in concrete beliefs...

we can fight about our differences, or recognise the losing battle, and look for what we all value and have in common. Fanatics of any form, religious or political, are a lost cause and very dangerous, but moderate theists and the average liberal atheist share much. That's where we start.

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#Phillip Adams, saying much the same thing but far more eloquently, spoke at the first Atheist Conference in Victoria, Australia in 2010

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Atheist_Convention




You can read a really good review of his speech at

http://blogs.radionational.net.au/atheistconvention/?p=273






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