Friday, August 29, 2014

Atheism and Science Fiction

An intriguing article by one of the less depressing SF authors I've read lately (Ken MacLeod).

He claims that most SF authors are not atheist, but I would like to see the numbers...
"If science is the theology of nature – with the wilder reaches of physics standing in for its scholastic philosophy – SF is its mythology, its folklore, its peasant superstition. Television, film, anime and computer games supply the statues and holy pictures, which (this time) really do move."
I'm not sure I agree.  SF is fairly low on the radar for most people (besides the occasional Hollywood blockbuster - which barely qualifies as SF).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ars Against Rationalism

A quick post over at Ars, showing how susceptible the human mind is to being fooled.
"Prior to asking the actual number, Mlodinow had asked a question that subtly primed each group. For one half of the audience, he asked if they thought there were more than 180 countries in Africa; this group ended up with a much higher mean. The second half was asked if there were more than five. Their answers were, on average, too low. Although this was a case of conscious manipulation, it's easy to see how a similar effect could be generated accidentally, simply based on (for example) the order of questions in a survey."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is Marriage Good for Society?

Digging way back into my queue, I found this from Team Pyro:
"The disappearance of marriage in low-income communities is the predominant cause of child poverty in the U.S. today."
Although it seems the battle is lost, there's lots more good data and Biblical arguments.  It's a must read.