If you can't understand why a life without objective meaning or purpose is worth living, I have to surmise you don't actually value life at all.

Les Claypool, Weird Al, and Dave Mustaine walk into a bar...

Nose piercings are great. You can get the satisfaction of pulling a huge, nasty booger out of your nose without any of that huge, nasty booger mess.

Happy new year to all who observe it.

Log entry # 864:

I've almost succeeded in this long endeavour of perfecting the removing of pants, underwear, shoes, and socks all in one motion. The underwear trials went swimmingly, as I had hoped they would. The socks seem to be the problematic area, as attested to by the failure by ONE SOCK in this evenings attempt.

I shall soldier on and keep you posted. If you don't hear from me, I will have succeeded and likely ascended bodily into a higher plane of existence. Excelsior!

Why do people keep celebrating Catholic saints and assuming I would want to, as well?

Fuck Patrick. He wasn't even Irish.

Smokey bacon potato chips count as breakfast food, right?

Be better for International Women's Day and every day.

I am offended by pseudoscience and magical thinking. Where are MY blasphemy laws?

Be careful when you claim atheism is a religion. All that does is make YOUR religion a hate crime.

"Scientism" -- as it is defined -- is a funny concept. Semantically, it just means "to hold a worldview based in science". Definitionally, it's often used to mean "excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques".

Can you imagine telling a Christian they have "excessive belief in the power of the Jesus"? Do you know what they would say?

They would tell you that they have exactly as much belief in the power of the Jesus as Christianity tells them they should have.

Now apply that to the idea of Scientism. Understand that one of the most basic tenets of science is to NOT have immutable belief in the power of scientific knowledge and techniques. It's foundational.

"Scientism" -- in this sense -- has been defined by people who neither value nor understand science. I say we take it back.

I am a Scientist.

I could be wrong, as an atheist.
Even if I am, though, I'd still be mostly right.
If some particular god does turn out to exist, that would mean there were tens of thousands that didn't.

Pascal's Wager that shit.

Why is it only just now occuring to me that you could make soap out of bacon?

It's funny how many people inadvertently get empathy wrong.

Instead of placing themselves in the shoes of another, they place their shoes on the other and imagine how they would walk around in their life.

It's close but garners vastly different results.

I find it remarkable that calling something "ridiculous" is self-fulfilling.

I find it ridiculous that the same is true of "remarkable".

The more we know, the more we know the limitations of our knowledge.

The more we know, the more time we spend bumping up against our own ignorance.

The more we know, the more we know just how limited we are.

And that scares us.

Is water an emergent property of the interaction between hydrogen and oxygen?

1. An insult applied by someone that actually reflects badly on them, outing them in some way.

My favourite recent outsult was being called a "thesaurus trying to impress people by looking intelligent" because I know what words like "hyperbole" and "sardonic" mean.

No, little dude, this is actually just how I talk because I'm well read and literate. Good to know where YOUR bar is, though.

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