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Bad Science

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The public knowledge is being overrun and polluted by bad science in the name of entertainment. I am seeing it everywhere and although I can recognize it for what it is, I believe there may be a great number of people, especially our developing youth who don’t recognize it.

The entertainment almost always starts out with a “what if?” or “perhaps” and then a “maybe then…” The producers are very careful to not say what they are about to present has any truth or scientific method proof. Then it is a license for the imagination to run wild as a form of entertainment.

It all looks very professional with a bunch of pseudo scientists presented as believers in the premise. Of course such imagination is an important tool for developing new thoughts and new ideas. But it needs to been seen in that context and not presented as if it were proven fact. The producers use a lot of the word “if” in their presentations. As in “if” we have tested everything else, “then” this must be true. But they never say they have tested everything else. That loophole always exists, even in real scientific method. SO they cover their false premise with the usual scientific rhetoric.

I could come up with a very long list if I kept a note pad handy to jot down the many examples. I don’t do that as for me that seems a bit pointless. I already know what I am seeing is bad science. But I usually watch anyway, unless the concept is too extreme or the personalities of self-promoted experts make me disgusted. The UFO, Bigfoot, and paranormal “Ghost Busters” fall into that realm.

One thing is certain. Everything we assume to be true will eventually be proven false by some other uncertain evidence. It’s the way science works. There are far more blind trails of the unknown to follow than holding an absolute certainty as undisputable fact. But it has to start somewhere.

I always chuckle to myself. When studying math logic I learned, “If (assume) X equals Y, then Z is true.” The statement should be, “When X equals Y, assume Z to be true…”  Is there any real difference there?

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SEO Search Engine Optimization

peaceful-pondThere are a bunch of Bozo’s (the clown) who think being first in a search engine review, to make the top of the list in a search. is the most important objective in writing a blog. They pound me with Spam posts and emails to “help” me obtain that superior status.

Guess what? I have no intention or need to style my writing to a bunch of cockamamie format rules because some search engine will give it a high “score”. I am also certainly not looking for assistance to do so.

I don’t know what they (the Bozo’s) hope to obtain by “helping” me style my format better. I write for myself and anyone who cares to read. I am never (that’s a long time) going to conform to a rigid set of tags and key word placement to make a search engine increase my score. The problem if any, is the search engine. I am not going to play by a set of arbitrary rules concocted to be a contest about knowing the rules.

If that is what the Internet has deteriorated to, then I think it is time to re-consider the system. Conformity is not what I am seeking.

Facebook is also making too many “rules” to run my life. I have pulled the plug on that mind control monster. I have become totally saturated with it’s constant over-marketing high pressure tactics. The whole social media system is a scourge to human society thinking and behavior.

It’s time to seek the peace and solitude of a Waldon Pond and stop trying to be the most popular item on the menu. Life has far more to offer than a bit of fame dictated by a computer program.

Terms and Conditions

I had a customer complain to me because I sent him his order with signature required. He was upset because he would have to go to the post office to sign for the parts. I can understand his dismay. It is a royal PITA when what you expect is to just have it arrive.

I had a terms and conditions page that said I would ship with this requirement whenever possible. But somewhere along the way of updates it got deleted. I don’t order from my own store so I wasn’t aware. He was the first person in many years to complain about the signature.

Well, I […] Continue reading » Terms and Conditions

Positive Aging

I sometimes write to rant about the stupid negative people in the world. It doesn’t change anything but let me feel a bit better by letting it out. I like to think my one little voice can be heard for at least a moment. Then I go on with my life.

I should change that. Ranting is a negative. I can use those people as examples of poor personal choice rather than attack and push what I can no longer change. What I can change is myself.

Life isn’t fair, but life IS what I make it. Human life is so short, but that only becomes apparent […] Continue reading » Positive Aging

Honor

 

What has happened to honor? It seems a lot of boys and girls don’t know what that means these days. I can’t call them men and women even when they are old enough. There are adults who have never matured into people with honor. Those who have no clue, think honor is only a military phrase.

Honor is taught (or used to be) in the military at all levels. Especially embedded into officer training. But “Honor ” is now a seldom heard catch phrase in the civilian world. Some current politicians and especially a few juvenile Olympic athletes are unaware of the meaning nor have a clue it applies […] Continue reading » Honor