Just to make sure the search engine bots catch that text, it's: "I vaccinate my kids because I'm not crazy".
The majority of the arguments I've heard against vaccinations come from questionable sources and tend to be ill-informed and/or seeping in logical fallacies. For example, "I don't vaccinate my children because they put chemicals in those vaccines."
I'm not sure what else a vaccine should consist of? Perhaps some kind of fantastic concoction? Elf tears? Unicorn urine? Are those chemicals?
I really enjoy it when an anti-vaccine proponent throws in a dash of dystopian conspiracy.
"I don't vaccinate because the government is putting microchips in the chemicals that they use."
This is something I have actually heard someone say. They said it with a straight face. It was great.
Read the whole thing (with the title changed in the online version ... to protect the innocent or something).
Fermi proposed his paradox: if the universe is so big that life must be common, where is everyone?
Robin Hanson answers that directly: there’s something filtering out civilizations across the universe.
There’s a pretty chilling two-way conclusion to all this: either 1) the filter is behind us, we’ve already passed it, and we’re a lot more alone than we think, or 2) there’s actually lots of places like Earth, the filter is in front of us, and we’re in a lot more danger than we know.
Almost 30 years ago, I speculated* that physical objects may be able to record sound in the same way that vinyl records did. In short, the sound makes an analog on the object that can be replayed. I further speculated that this is what ghosts may be. All we needed was instruments fine enough to replay those analogs.
Flash forwards to 2014. Now, this isn’t a replay of an analog recorded into a physical object. But, it is a video recording of a physical object responding to sound. If I can speculate once more … that’s a couple of (admittedly tough) steps from getting the object itself to replay the sound.
The quality isn’t impressive. But it’s from MIT and we couldn’t do this at all a year ago, so you should probably lighten up. Anyway, one of the things going on in this video is an audio playback, of a conversation that took place behind soundproof glass, as captured by a video of a bag of potato chips inside that soundproof room.
The next place you’ll see this will be in the movies. Instead of someone listening in on a conversation with one of those big dish microphones, they’re just going to analyze the video from a smartphone of some inanimate object.
* This was around 1986. It was pre-blogging. Such speculation was what you did with words while drinking on your front porch with your friend (MD, in this case). If I’d had an idea this interesting yesterday, it would be posted here for all eternity.
An ESA probe named Rosetta entered orbit around a comet today (more to come over the next several months). Anyway, this is one of the images they released of the approach to the comet — and look who’s hanging out at the top:
That’s not far off what Saturn looks like through a small backyard telescope: a disc with “ears”.
We’re worried a lot that we’re all getting fatter. The thing is, so are lab animals on restricted diets. Scientists are starting to think this may be because we live in climate controlled environments where we don’t have to shiver much.
Anyway, my point is that when we change our environment, natural selection takes advantage.
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