Friday, June 12, 2015

Sobering new report

More bad news from researchers:
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

They call those humans 'Republicans,' and if worse comes to worst, one of them may be elected President of the United States next year.


jeff725 said...

Speaking of "there is no climate change, I see the Republicans are all over Pope Francis for his stance on global warming. Faith-based thinking laid bare:

Remember when I commented recently that I was at a low ebb in my "opining?" I lost my cousin recently. He was only 63, kept himself in good shape, yet he suffered cardiac arrest while mowing his lawn. WTF?

Jon was everything I aspire to be in life. He was soft-spoken and even-tempered. He cared deeply about his family. And he NEVER did anything half-assed. Whatever project he put his mind to was well researched, well thought out, and well executed. He was the quintessential jack-of-all-trades.

If you ever had the chance to look at how Jon conducted his life, you say to yourself "that's how you do it." He was an extraordinary man.

WCG said...

I'm sorry to hear that, Jeff. Really. But that's not a bad epitaph, is it? I'd certainly like to be remembered that way. (Actually, I'd like for it to be true, in my case. I'd like to live the kind of life where people could say that about me truthfully.)

We're all going to die. We know that. And we atheists understand that death is the end. But only the end of us.

The rest of humanity continues, and the effect we've had on the world continues, too. It's unfortunate that a man like that has died - and so young, especially. You have every right to be upset by that. You should be saddened by it.

But you should also be inspired by the life he led. You should recognize that all the good he did hasn't died with him. We affect everyone we know, everyone we encounter (even digitally), and countless other people, too.

It sounds to me like your cousin was a good example - not just to you, but to many people. That kind of life is valuable, even though it doesn't last forever. That kind of person is admirable, even though he doesn't live forever.

You already know that, of course. I'm not telling you anything new. Likewise, it won't keep you from regretting his death, and it shouldn't. You have every right to feel saddened by it. But not depressed. A good life well-lived shouldn't be depressing.

My sympathies, Jeff.

jeff725 said...

Thanks, WCG. Jon lives on in his children and grandchildren

His son, Jason, is suffering the most. But if he is anything like his father, he will think it through and find his answer. I told him to apply all that he learned from his dad and pass it on to his own boys. Like Yoda said to Luke: "The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned."