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Celebrity Psudeoscience - Updated

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Originally published at www.paganvigil.com/C127135145/E20081228143945

Celebrity Psudeoscience - Updated


Sacrificing rationality to sound vaguely important

It may be seem strange for a Pagan and witch to say this, but here goes.

People need more science.

Of course , my pet causes are liberty and fighting the anthropomorphic anthropogenic global warming craze, but even outside those, the emotional arguments get all the attention.

Especially when the rich, famous, and political get involved.

When it comes to science, Barack Obama is no better than many of us. Today he joins the list of shame of those in public life who made scientifically unsupportable statements in 2008.

Closer to home, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith faltered on the science of food, while Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey and Demi Moore all get roastings for scientific illiteracy.

The Celebrities and Science Review 2008, prepared by the group Sense About Science, identifies some of the worst examples of scientific illiteracy among those who profess to know better – including top politicians.

Read the whole piece, it's very telling.

"Ah," I can hear some of my skeptical atheist critics saying, "but how do you reconcile that with your belief in some sort of divinity and operative magick?"

(And yes, my skeptical atheist critics always speak in purple italics. Don't yours?)

I try very hard to live by a set of simple rules, one of which is "Always remember, KYFHO and MYOB." KYFHO you might already know, especially if you are a regular reader. MYOB is the flip side, Mind Your Own Business. It started for me when I first read a Jack Williamson story called The Equalizer, that was many years before the accounting software (also many years before personal computers, but we won't stress that too much).

If I want to be left alone, then I can't choose for another. Or someone will choose for me.

KYFHO protects me. MYOB protects them. See?

And as long as I don't impose my religion and magick on someone, then it really doesn't matter what my faith is, does it?

But for the record, *ahem*

I experiment, I keep records, I use what's worked in the past. It's rational, even if it is based on another set of assumptions.

It's also usually easier to do it without the esoteric. And that means I need to have a very good idea of how the world works. That's why I pay attention to things like natural cycles. That's why I study history. That's why I watch people.

That's why I live.

I'm going to finish this post with one of my hard-won humantic principles.

"In the absence of understanding, triviality dominates."

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Update - Regular reader BTHO pointed out on 24Feb2010 that the correct term is anthropogenic, not anthropomorphic.

Posted: Sun - December 28, 2008 at 02:39 PM 

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