Neil deGrasse Tyson is up to his old ways again!”
Two influences played a part in today’s topic:
A) The Great Wall of Lies! If you’ve read the About section of the site you’ll have noticed that I already mentioned this one. As a teenager when I first discovered that the Great Wall of China was not visible from space it kinda pissed me off. I suddenly became aware of how wrong large groups of people could be, that ‘common knowledge’ could just as easily be a bunch of baloney (or is it bologna?) and that people have a tendency to believe anything if it is repeated enough (say hello to my little friend ‘ritual’). I had never even questioned this bit of trivia before the information presented itself. Lesson learned, from then on I decided to call bullshit first and ask questions later. And what a wonderful journey of discovery it has been!
B) This cool new Neil deGrasse Tyson interview I found on the Science Network. This also serves as a Sci- ənce intro for Roger Bingham, the Director and co-founder of The Science Network. At times he can come across a bit jittery and fan-boyish and this amuses me. I first noticed him while watching the Beyond Belief series, which I could not possibly recommend more. Incredibly inspirational and educational, you’ll want to watch them several times over… right after you lose your job and have weeks of spare time.
Ok maybe there’s a third influence to the topic too:
C) I’m aggressively ignoring Valentines Day! Valentines Day is to love what the Facebook reminder is to wishing your friends Happy Birthday.
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