Jackie (Rose’s mom), Dr. Who
I’m trying to highlight the hypocrisy of solving a problem by pointing the finger at any potential culprit but That Thing You Love.
Any large cultural topic, especially the US’s penchant for violence in all forms, has an incredible number of complex moving parts, each worth discussing and investigating. That includes the thing I personal love, which is video games in all their forms, especially shooters. Ironically, I don’t and won’t own a gun.
We’re happy to throw science at topics and problems like this because science is illuminating; it helps us understand the world, solve problems, and move forward. But when it comes time for science to investigate the part of this machine that is near and dear to some people—guns, games, film, news media, whatever—some people point the finger in another direction, any direction, besides Their Thing.
If we’re going to discuss a big complicated machine like violence in the US, all its parts need to be fair game, including the one you, I, and everyone else with an opinion loves.
We want to throw science at everything to understand it better and make better things. After all, it’s how we got to where we are as a species. It’s also far more productive than burning or beheading people who say or discover truths we don’t like.
But when faced with the prospects of what science may find were it to study the potential dangers of the thing they like—guns, films, or video games—some science proponents respond with “no no, leave my thing alone, it’s perfectly fine. Go investigate that thing over there, that’s the problem.”
Truth is truth. We may not like what we find, but that doesn’t mean we should be afraid of investigating this thing but not that thing. Disagreeing with the results or fearing what change they might bring is not an excuse to silence science.
via Rana June
Jupiter’s appearance is usually dominated by two dark bands in its atmosphere – one in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere. But recent images of Jupiter taken by amateur astronomers show that the southern band – called the south equatorial belt – has disappeared.
Note, though, that this apparently isn’t the first time. But this disappearance happens to be during “widespread—but mysterious—change to Jupiter.”
Ladies and gentlemen: the BBC nails the News of the Day, Possibly The Week and even through The Next Week. Fortunately, scientists appear to have examined pop culture’s most effective zombie case studies:
My understanding of zombie biology is that if you manage to decapitate a zombie then it’s dead forever.
The key point there is “dead forever,” not just “dead for a little while” or “un-dead dead.” Also, if you or your loved ones get infected, don’t hold your (undead) breath for a cure:
If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively […] In their scientific paper, the authors conclude that humanity’s only hope is to “hit them [the undead] hard and hit them often”
via Dan Moren in Macworld’s chat room