Halloween Angler

Halloween Angler
Halloween Angler

While I’m not formally a marine biologist, I worked with enough of them and their marine botanist and marine ecologist counterparts to know that this is exactly the sort of Halloween-themed humor they’d love.

Anglerfish – Nature’s Halloween Frights

And, as you can see above, their depiction of a Halloween Angler is a LOT kid-friendlier, and less nightmarish than Nature’s actual creations. 😮

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Electricity Explained

Electricity Explained... By Waifus
Electricity Explained… By Waifus

Electricity, insofar as delivering it through a medium is concerned, can be described by Ohm’s Law, which states that the voltage across a conductor is directly proportional to the current flowing through it, provided all physical conditions and temperatures remain constant.

V = IR | I = V/R | R = V/I

So, Voltage equals the Amperage (I) multiplied by the Resistance/Impedance (R). Hence, Amperage (I) equals the Voltage (V) divided by the conductor’s Resistance/Impedance (R), and Resistance/Impedance (R) equals the Voltage (V) divided by the Amperage (I).

Personally, however, I think the anime girls – waifu’s – provide a better and more easily remembered explanation. 😛

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Tyson Looses To Steak-umm

Tyson Looses To Steak-umm 😆

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a fairly adequate scientist, a pretty solid administrator, and a generally effective and quite respected science communicator, just got owned on Twitter by the social media coordinator for Steak-umm. 😆

Tyson: The good thing about Science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it.

Steak-umm: Nope. Science itself isn’t “true”; it’s a constantly refining process used to uncover truths based in material reality, and that process is still full of misteaks. Neil just posts ridiculous sound bites like this for clout and he has no respect for epistemology.

The irony of Neil’s tweet is that by framing science itself as “true”, he’s influencing people to be more skeptical of it in a time of unprecedented misinformation. Science is an ever refining process to find truth, not a dogma. No matter his intent, this message isn’t helpful.

NOTE: I’ve corrected capitalization and punctuation in transcribing this sequence of tweets. I have, however, left “misteaks” in place under the assumption that it was intended.

Sure. It would have been more succinct and probably more fitting for Twitter if Steak-umm’s response had been just, “The real thing about science is that it’s probably wrong, whether or not you believe in it.” But, that wouldn’t have been as much of a burn I guess.

And it’s true. Science as we understand it in any field or context within a field is almost certainly wrong. That’s why what science “says” changes all the time. Perhaps the most fundamental example of this is the Law of Gravity. Sir Isaac Newton originally codified it, but a generation later Pierre de Laplace had to correct the formulae, then, a century-and-a-half later, Albert Einstein, changed our whole understanding of what gravity actually is, and various experts in Quantum Mechanics are again altering our understanding of the fundamental nature of gravity.

Or we could just turn Tyson back onto his own, earlier words:

The scientific method is do whatever it takes– whatever it takes– to not fool yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or into thinking that something is not true that is. That’s the scientific method, whatever it takes. And that pathway– it’s not straight. It’s curved. It has off-ramps that lead nowhere.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Scientific Method Master Class

Honestly, like way, way, way too many people of notoriety and influence, Dr. Tyson really should log off of Twitter. The platform encourages short, inevitably stupid statements like the one he recently made.

And, to dispel certain sorts’ accusations, I actually like Dr. Tyson. Not only have I greatly enjoyed his lecture series, which I have watched so very many times, my admittedly quite few, personal interactions with him were eminently pleasant and sometimes educational.

And, again to dispel certain sorts’ accusations, I and my wives at various times pre-Panicdemic, volunteered at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) which the Hayden Planetarium (Dr. Tyson’s bailiwick) is part of.

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Don't Assume

Don't Assume That They're Persons
Don’t Assume That They’re Persons

Truly! Assumptions based upon gross physical characteristics are extremely scientifically flawed, foolish, and quite dangerous. Most of Americans’ ongoing issues are the direct result of assuming that those sorts that constantly rant, rail, and riot against anything and everything that is America are persons just because, to a large extent, they look like us.

After all, we have no codified standard for being truly human. We certainly have no standardized test to determine whether an individual creature in our form is in fact human, e.g., Frank Herbert’s “Gom Jabbar Test of Humanity.” We’re operating off of assumptions and social pressures that change periodically based upon prevailing media opinions and who won what war.

So, don’t assume. Test, verify, and act accordingly. 👿

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About Pluto

We Don't Talk About Pluto
We Don’t Talk About Pluto

Yeah, we don’t talk about Pluto being a planet or why it was “reclassified” as a Dwarf Planet. It’s highly frowned upon amongst the “intelligentsia” to do so and even more derided among the Liberals and Progressives, who will call one some variant of “knuckle-dragging science-denier.” Nobody is supposed to talk about how in August of 2006 a mostly European conclave of accepted masters of the astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), needed to make a new definition for planet so that an American wouldn’t be credited with discovering Planet X.

And, for the many of you that don’t know, Pluto was just collateral damage. The IAU’s exuberance of Humpty-Dumptyism was aimed at permanently refuting the discovery by and American of a planetary body past Pluto.

Demoting Pluto May Have Been A Very Bad Idea
But Maybe We Should Talk About Pluto

Accepted by so many, secular science and scientism aside, the effects of this choice and insult may just be more far-reaching than the vast majority of people want to understand and internalize. I mean really? You can’t look back and see what’s happened – and at what pace! – to the world since 2006 vs. what was happening before then? 😉

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