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“Now” is not only a cognitive illusion but also a mathematical trick, related to how we define space and time quantitatively. One way of seeing this is to recognize that the notion of “present,” as sandwiched between past and future, is simply a useful hoax. After all, if the present is a moment in time without duration, it can’t exist. What does exist is the recent memory of the immediate past and the expectation of the near future. We link past and future through the conceptual notion of a present, of “now.” But all that we have is the accumulated memory of the past—stored in biological or various recording devices—and the expectation of the future. There Is No Now (via Alan Bevere)

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When it comes to the churches attitude and beliefs about Homosexuality I can’t help but wonder if we are in another Copernicus moment. When Science Changes…

How can you make serious political decisions based on scientific likelihoods when politics thrives on the feeding of ideological certainties? Michael Gerson: Americans’ aversion to science carries a high price

…both men and women are more likely to interrupt and to use dependent clauses when speaking with a woman than with a man. Gender Language Differences: Women Get Interrupted More

Ignorance and anti-intellectualism when it comes out of the mouth of a popular scientist is still ignorance and anti-intellectualism. If Sarah Palin had advised young people to ignore the humanities because they’re a waste of time, she would have been pilloried, and rightly so. Tyson epitomizes the glib, and dangerous, arrogance of scientism: science as an ideology, science as a privileged and only valid way of knowing. Tyson, like Stephen Hawking, doesn’t even know what he doesn’t know — and doesn’t care. Because, you know, scientists are the high priests of our age, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most successful televangelist of our time. Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Scientism’s Televangelist

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