Things to read

May 17, 2010

While I’m working, I experience quite a bit of downtime while I let video render. It’s what affords me some of my blogging time. That and I try and blog ahead. I sit down for an hour on a weekend, and get 5 to 10 posts scheduled to appear throughout the week. I see this blog as a place to highlight some of the things provoke me or thrill me. Were we to live in the same house, I’d probably show these things to you constantly. Or you could imagine that they would be the topics of discussion throughout any given day.

Anyway, I wanted to throw these things out there, as they aren’t necessarily timely but they are things that you might enjoy looking through.


Mr. Rosewater Presents a Valentine’s Day song and a swift kick in the pants

February 15, 2010

Taylor Muse writes a blog called Mr. Rosewater Presents. You should read it. He’s an artist, musician and a fellow humanist. I have enjoyed the time I’ve spent reading his blog. I told him his blog “kicks ass” once.

In fact, you should go read this post and take a listen to the song he recorded and posted at the bottom. The song is really good. I enjoyed the vocals and instrumentation as it progressed through the song.

I can’t tell how often Taylor reads here, but he posted a comment last week, and he commented today that this article (the letter to the editor) is in fact a hoax. Thank you, Taylor, for pointing it out. I’m NOT in the business of purposefully promoting false information (the collective lot of Christian readers just rolled their eyes).

Posting the article and hearing it was false certainly got me thinking. I went ahead and put a disclaimer on the original post, and made an apology for it. If you missed it, I apologize for posting a hoax. :)

One thing that bothers me to no end are frequent forwarding folks. You know who I’m talking about. Everyone knows them. They are the people who forward you information which most often turns up on snopes.com to be verifiably false. I personally have about five of those suckers. Tina, too. In fact, Tina had to admonish an aunt who forwarded the one about Michelle Obama and her frivolous spending habits while her husband was campaigning.

You can read about it here at snopes. The graphic on the right was included in the forward.

I don’t get these emails from liberals. What I get from liberals are things they’ve taken the time to personally verify or write themselves. From what I can tell, liberals tend to be thinkers. Conservatives tend to think less.

I get falsifiable forwards exclusively from conservatives. My skeptical friends will tell you that it indicates that if you fall for something like, say religious faith, you’ll likely fall for anything. I really wish this weren’t the truth. But from my experience, it seems to be true.

That’s not to say that liberals aren’t religious. It’s just that religious liberals tend to accept the theory of evolution and not take the bible as inerrant, but rather a book with wisdom from god.

Once in a while, something will slip through the cracks, like the letter to the editor in question on this blog.

But skeptics aren’t called skeptical for nothing. They seem less likely to forward irresponsible information without believing in, accepting or knowing the sources of the information.

My question to you is, do you know liberals who forward false information? How about conservatives? Do you think the information I post on this blog is patently untrue? Can you verify that information with corroborating evidence or is your only “proof” biblical passage? Have you ever tried searching for the truth using insider information or reading oppositional perspectives?

What are your levels of skepticism when it comes to verifying information and belief systems that you hold true? Have you ever snoped snopes?

Rate your skepticism from 1 to 10 — one being low and 10 being extreme. Divide that number by the square root of 3 and multiply by Pi.

Give us your results. I’m curious.


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