Adam Savage at The Reason Rally

Många kloka ord från Adam.

Även citat från Neil DeGrasse Tyson som jag gillar skarpt:

-”Facts are true whether or not you believe them”

Hela talet (hämtat från Tested.com)

I’ve been racking my brain these past few weeks trying to think of positive ways of talking about reason, and being reasonable, and it turns out; it’s not a simple subject. I’m a pretty non-confrontational person, I am, most of the time, the very definition of a reasonable man.

I don’t like telling people things they don’t want to hear. I want people to get along. I want people to like me. I want to find good things in people. I want to understand viewpoints that differ from mine. I want my tombstone to say: ” He was easy to work with”. I empathize.

I have children. I want to raise them in a world they can add value to, that has value for them. I want for them to feel entitled only to working hard at doing what they love, in order to be excellent at it, and to share their lives and the rewards with those that they love.

Of course, I think this is all anyone wants for their kids (or themselves). I try and inculcate them with a sense of logic about the world. Which much of the time means pointing out to them things that are absurd and ridiculous as a counterpoint, and right now there is much to point at.

I console myself with the thought that for anyone truly paying attention, for at least the last 300 years, the world has always been chock full of absurd contradictions, and has always seemed to be going down hill, and fast. I get this when I read Jefferson. Camus. Vonnegut.

I console myself with the remarkable advances in all of the sciences.

I play a scientist on tv, and I’m in awe of those that actually do it for a living.

Testable, provable, phenomena, and the predictions they allow, big and small, brought me here in front of you today. And will take me back to my family when I’m done.

They allowed me to drive to DC on a bus, type my speech on a screen, and ride to this rally on a car. Walk on shoes that support and protect me, in clothes and sunscreen that shield my pale skin from the sun. To fly on a plane home.

That plane I’ll get on only exists and stays in the air because of a million, million large and tiny tested predictions about lift, drag, material performance, physics, electricity, radio waves, wear, tear, shear, checklists, human error, machine error and redundancy. It is a miracle of engineering. It is the result of an ancient, and very human drive. A drive that makes us what we are, in all of our unique specialization.

A drive to solve problems.

Many tens of thousands of people combined their collective genius to make an impossibly fast and efficient thin inflated bubble of aluminum so stable and secure that right now you’d have to fly for several thousand years before the odds gave you an even chance of being in an accident.

Everything that we have that makes our lives possible exists because humans tested the things they found in their surroundings, made predictions based on those tests, and then improved upon them.

This is Reason: the human capacity to make sense of the world.

Here are some other things, that, like the components of that airplane, that have been tested and proven. I’m going to call them facts.

E=MC2

Force equals mass times acceleration.

The earth is not the center of the universe.

Man landed on the moon in 1969 and a few times thereafter.

Burning airplane fuel caused a tragic, catastrophic collapse of the twin towers in New York in 2001.

The earth is spherical . Well, not precisely round round, turns out it’s ever so slightly pear shaped.

Human industry is focusing a significant rise in the earth’s overall temperature.

The earth is over 4 billion years old.

Evolution is, quite literally, a fact of life.

Now, Those are facts. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, facts are true whether or not you believe them.

Here are some of my beliefs. They are true for me BECAUSE I believe them.

I believe that you can’t teach kids about sex by telling them not to have it.

I believe that making drugs illegal is stupid and damaging to us as a people.

I believe that If we take care of our surroundings, they will take care of us.

I believe that in every tool, there is a hammer.

I believe that People have an inalienable right to choose what to do with their own bodies.

I believe that in a community, it is our duty that we should take care of each other in times of need.

I believe that if you tell people the truth, and let them make decisions based on that, much of the time they’ll make pretty good decisions, but not all.

I believe that that which is detestable to you, you should not do to another.

I believe that while not all people are essentially good, most are trying.

I believe that rules don’t make us moral, loving each other makes us moral.

Finally, I’ve concluded, through careful empirical analysis, and much thought, that someone is looking out for me. Keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought, giving me strength to shoot for more than I might feel capable of. I believe they know everything that I do (and think) and still love me. I’ve concluded after careful consideration, that this person keeping score…

Is me.

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Ted Talk levererar som vanligt fantastiska Talks. Jag konsumerar nog mellan 2 till 10 Ted-föreläsningar per månad och kan rekommendera alla att göra det samma. Ted inspirerar och ger dig insikt i många intressanta frågor.

Ett populärt samtalsämne är malaria. I klippet här nedanför så har forskare tagit fram en laser som de byggt av varor från Ebay. Lasern dödar myggor och räddar människors liv.

McGurk-effekten

är ett spännande exempel på hur vi kombinerar våra sinnen!

VIKTIGT: Första gången du spelar videon ska du bara lyssna. INTE TITTA! Vad säger människan? Skriv ner på ett papper. Och SEN så spelar du klippet igen, denna gång med ögonen öppna och med fokus på hans mun. Vad säger han nu?

Av någon anledning så går det inte lägga till videon här så jag får be er klicka på http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFPtc8BVdJk

Förlängd omognad

Varför är människor så länge ”omogna”? I relation till andra arter på vår planet så tar vi god tid på oss innan vi blir vuxna. Märkligt kan tyckas. Vore det inte bättre att bli fit for fight lite snabbare och sätta igång att jaga mammut? From butterfly to caterpillar – how children grow up är en intressant artikel från NewScientist.com som beskriver vad de kallar för just förlängd omognad och vad det har bidragit till.

Fet av frukt

Lars-Eric litsfeldt sitter och virrar i TV4 Nyhetsmorgon… Fet av frukt eller inte, hans argument och trail of thought var irrationella. Varför får han ens sitta i nationell tv och ”argumentera” på den nivån? Fördummande!

Så här lät det en gång (ungefär):

”Oh nej, man kan få hål i tänderna av frukt. Redan där, i munnen ser vi att frukten kan vara farlig… Och det borde styrka mitt argument att man blir fet också”.

Flygande dinosaur

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Så här tror forskare att en dinosaur med fjädrar på fötterna kan ha sett ut…. De testar här om den har någon flygduglighet (från Vetenskapens värld på svt2)…. Jag kunde knappt hålla kameran still på grund av hur rolig den ser ut! 🙂