Sunday Starlinks, I mean, MONDAY Starlinks

February 20th, 2012

I had a hell of a busy week last week, going short on sleep several days, and was working until 10pm Friday night (why make a proposal have a midnight deadline?! — ok, it helped).  And then I slipped deep into inertia over the weekend, not wanting to touch the computer too much.  Anyway, I did find some things of interest last week because I do take breaks and surf every hour or so when I’m working.

First, I want to point out a few links on Bad Astronomy about the “Denialgate,” or how the Heartland Institute is hoisted on its own well-deserving petard.  Oh, the hypocrisy!  When I’m trying to understand the anti-science, religious, conservative mindset on display regarding issues like climate change and other issues such as evolution, I think of episodes like this one.  That side really does think there’s a conspiracy, scientists believe in science like religion, and that folks argue a point based on who is paying them toward the goal of winning, not the goal of being right.  BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THEY DO IT.  They’re just projecting themselves onto the liberal scientists trying to be objective, because that’s all they know.  Now, this isn’t true of 100% of deniers, but I suspect it’s the vast majority for one of the above reasons.  We need more science education!  If that were the case, Santorum wouldn’t have ever found his way into office, let alone be a leading candidate for president all the time denying evolution.  Instead, it’s skeptical non-believers who are taboo.  We should have learned this lesson after the tobacco crap, because it’s the same crap, different issue.  We are an all too easily deluded and misled species.

Sorry for the rant.  Let’s wash out the Santorum with something cool: Cool worlds in science fiction from John DeNardo of sfsignal.com.

Island hopping to the stars.  Interesting, but a flawed analogy, ultimately, in my opinion.

Technology to project voices into your head.   The unethical experiments I could do on Santorum…or maybe someone already did?  Wait, is he one of the ones who actually talks to god, or is that the others?  So hard to get straight, but this would explain a lot.

An update on the James Webb Space Telescope.  Yeah, it’ll be great, but it is late and way overbudget.  NASA is not going to be able to keep doing this.

Still on about the WOW! signal, although it feels like the Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot film.  Old news, not repeated, not enough to convince everyone about the existence of something extraordinary.  I personally have a statistical problem that this was found early, but nothing comparable has been found with much, much larger searches.

The cost of the Death Star.  I test science fiction against science, but economic tests are interesting and fun, too.

 

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