Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Really, Really

Big Picture

Tycho’s supernova remnant as seen by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Scientists continue to make discoveries with the use of advanced technology, and applied historical data, at an astonishing pace.

With a computer and an Internet connection, the average Phil, can follow these exciting developments in all scientific disciplines with a tap on the touchpad. ( Did you think I would say; “With a click of the mouse”? )

There is a fascinating interactive image at The Chandra Photo Album that can help you to understand how these images led researchers to the origins of how supernovas are created.

Cherry Picked Rationalization

I recently read an article that explains how otherwise intelligent people can adamantly defend something that has been factually proven false.

"A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point." - From the theory of cognitive dissonance . ( Leon Festinger, 1957 )

The article I read, applies some of the cognitive dissonance theory as part of an explanation as to why people will defend their belief that, everything wrong in their world is the fault of, ( pick one or more ) Democrats/Republicans/corporations/poor  people/terrorists/religion/atheists/aliens/fluoride/(make up something), even if the facts refute their convictions. 4 Page Article

As if to further prove the point, the bulk of the comments submitted in regard to that article were perfect examples of people using the very denial apparatus that was described.

Sterling Rose

Yesterday brought yet another development from the blooming sterling rose.

Many of the flowers around the Treehouse are showing new growth, development, and personality, daily. I am fortunate to be able to enjoy their beauty, and share it with you.

It is another glorious day here in Redding, and if I am to see it, and take pictures in the daylight, it would be a good time to get outside and enjoy it.

Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;


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