Did I miss the memo or what is going on here? According to my latest information, the category of creatures called demons are complete and utter fabrications. They are nothing more and nothing less then a form given to our primal fears. These forms were later incorporated into myths and these myths were and still are being abused by some abominations who pretend to be speaking for god (Mr. Robertson, I am talking to you and your ilk here!).
So, there are no demons, there are just instinctual fears and demonic posession such as this one:
only exist in the movies, OK?
The stuff in the bible and other ancient texts was written in the late bronze age by people who thought the earth was flat and the stars were candles, lamps or something like that but had no idea they were distant suns. They also had no concept for paranoia, schizophrenia or epilepsy. Thus, they came up with possession.
Why I am ranting about this? Well, the Daily Mail (alas, a rather deplorable publication) has brought this news item, and I do not know whom to give a piece of my mind first.
I think I must have gone into a catatonic state midway through the article.
And now a very special shout out (or more a shout-at):
Oi, Reverend Larson! What you are doing there is mental abuse, nothing less, you intill irrational fears in inocent girls and use them as tools to spread more fear! You are a mindkiller!
You are one of the criminals, my friend ONESPECIES is talking about in this video:
And they will go on killing and poisoning other peoples brains and minds for a very long time…
Oh, and a final note, if you are taking the bible so literaly, Mr. Larson, and teach these girls to take it literaly, why are you training girls? Don’t you know that women are inferior, according to the bible, and probably do not even have souls? You do not know what I am talking about? Well, how about you take a look here.
It is a sad state of affairs that science has almost been driven off the popular consciousness. Intead, what you find is pseudoscience being distributed on TV through what is called „Infotainment“. The more outrageous the stories, the better. At the same time woo-woo quackery like magic sugar and magic water (a.k.a homeopathy), naturopathy and similar nonsense is on the rise.
This development is a disgrace. It tarnishes all of humanities achievements ever since the scientific revolution started in 1543.
It was sparked by the publication of two visionary and highly influential works that same year:
De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (On the fabric of the human body in seven books) and the much better known De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres).
No, I am not providing links this time, in the spirit of this article: Do your own research. It is great fun to discover something new.
But coming back to all this pseudoscience Air Kraken discharge:
It is about as useful as and also about as sensical as the following statement and causes about as much pain:
Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes
What is needed here is a new approach for getting people interested in science again. Many people are scared of science, thinking it is too complicated. Others think it is just dry stuff with no application in real life. This is not really true. I think people just get this impression because they had bad science classes in school.
You know the kind, boring lesson, incompetent teacher who does not care and sometimes it is your own attitude:
You sit there in class, thinking „I’m never gonna need this…“ and then you get bad grades and you don’t care and only the unpopular geeks and nerds excell in science.
It wasn’t always like this.
Back in the day, like the Victorian Age, science was electrifying. Scientist were respected, even held in awe. Everybody was interested in one ways or another. It was the Age of Discovery. Actually, today is the Age of Discovery, but most peolpe do not realize this. Science is growing in leaps and bounds. More discoveries have been made in this generation than in the entire history of the human race before!
Now, let’s take the enthusiasm of the Victorian Age, the less geeky approach to science and help others discover the Joy of Discovery. Carl Sagan was a genius when it came to that and like so many others, he left us far too early.
Check out his work on Youtube and other places on the ætherweb and tell others about it. Science is great. The piece of technology you are using to access this blog is applied science! The hot water in your shower in the morning is a result of applied science (metallurgy, physics, engineering to name a few). Science is part of everyday life. Realize it, be happy about it share the happieness!
And I leave you with one of the best and most entertaining videos on one particular subject I have ever seen:
Science took us to the moon and raised our life expectancy from 35 to 75! Pseudoscience and superstition gave us witch trials, blood-letting and, well, homeopathy.
Let’s make science fun again! Science is for everybody, not just for nerds and geeks.
Oh, and for a laugh on Friday, here is a brilliant piece by Dara O’Briain on quackery and science:
A few days ago I posted a recommendation concerning the podcast The Skepic’s Guide to the Universe. As you may have gathered from some of my posts and my repeated mention of Skeptoid in several posts, I am a skeptic myself.
I am not really an atheist, in as much as I am a Cthulhu cultist and I have heathen leanings, but I am a science person. Weird science, like he kind you find in Dieselpunk and Steampunk is perfectly alright, woo (as James Randy puts it) is not.
So, besides following various Steampunk and Dieselpunk related sites on the ætherweb, I am also keeping up with a number of skeptic’s blogs, sites and forums. I have also subscribed to a number of related feeds on Twitter. The ætherweb is such a marvelous tool for getting information on so many fascinating things…
I digress again.
Among those sites I regularly visit is Skepchick, the blog of Rebecca Watson, co-host of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe and her crew, I am also following her on Twitter.
To cut a long story short, I was much delighted to find this image of her on Twitter: