First things first: Thanks to Sam Probert for following! Followers are the best.
Today was pretty good! Woke up at like ten, didn't eat breakfast, did stuff on the computer, at lunch, watched the end of the Disney movie "Cow Belles", got back on the computer, wrote something on Carpe Noctem (which turned out to be pretty lame), ate delicious dinner, figured out how to fix what was wrong with Blogger, talked to some people on gmail, and now I'm typing this with my throat feeling like it's swelling up -_- It did this yesterday at the pool, earlier today, and again now. It really freaked me out the first time, but now that I know I'm not dying, it's just annoying.
Basically, nothing happened today.
We're going to watch "Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl" tonight, which should be awesome.
Wow, that's it. I'll just post my mega-lame Carpe Noctem thought and stop wasting your time:
One thing that really drives me crazy about today's culture is how quick we are to take things in. Or, to put it bluntly, how gullible everyone has become.
Appealing to authority: a logical fallacy when someone believes something just because so-and-so says.
Example: "Leaves DO SO turn purple when they fall off; my big brother says so!"
Everywhere you look, people are shouting out theories and guesses and sometimes even just LIES, and their audience is taking it in like it's proven fact.
Um, sorry, but for something to be "proven fact", it has to be PROVEN first.Think about all the stuff we Americans are taking in by the minute.
There are more, but those are the ones that come to mind, and that I'm going to try to focus on.
First of all, I completely understand why tabloids print such awful stuff about celebrities, and I can also understand why people read them. No problem there. The problem comes when the general public BELIEVES all that junk just because a trashy magazine says so. Puh-leez. Sure it's fun to read, but don't you think the writers of those magazines are going to try to put the worst and juciest spin on things?
That's kind of a minor issue in my book, though. So people believe gossip, okay. It's not a matter of life or death, or even public intelligence. It's just silly and vaguely annoying, but that's about it.
Now come the big two:
Global warming and Evolution.
I already ranted about global warming, so I won't do it again, don't worry. I'm just going to say that to believe in global warming, you're forced to rely on the least accurate and smallest pieces of information. If you ask any earnest scientist, s/he will tell you that as much comotion as people are making about GW, it's not really a problem. The earth naturally runs in cycles like this. In twenty years, we'll probably be going through a "global cooling" scare again.
Yes, AGAIN. That already happened. And now we're into global warming.
And the disgusting thing is, WE STILL BELIEVE IT!
COME ON, people! Global cooling? Global warming? They're just big hoaxes designed to get us all stirred up.
Don't believe me, though. I don't want you to do that.
I want you to go do some research for yourself. I've done mine, you do yours. Don't take stuff from me or even big shot scientists without looking into it a little. A little healthy skepticism never hurt anyone. In fact, it's actually been known to help occasionally. Especially in times like these when selective use of evidence is booming.
Which brings me to my final section of this tirade: Evolution.
If you believe in Evolution (capital "E"), you are going to skip this section, so I'm pretty much wasting my breath. Still, I'm going to try to straighten this out even a little.
First, define terms. This is really important, especially in an Evolution debate, because there are two definitions to Evolution, and I believe in one of them.
evolution: the belief that things change slightly over time to adapt to their surroundings.
Evolution: the belief that life began as an unguided fluke, then species gradually changed and mutated into completely different species.
Take a wild guess which one I believe? :)
There's really so much I could say about Evolution that I could do a whole series on it.
Which is exactly what I'm going to do.
I'm going to close this post, and begin my series on Evolution.
I'm sorry if this wasn't much of a post. I feel like I wasted a good thought. Hope you don't feel that way.