Future Thought

If college level science were taught in such a way that different minds and thinkers weren’t locked out of understanding many of its concepts , then maybe science could jump onto the mainstream of thought and eventually pry off the stranglehold of religion from mankinds throat.

I mean think about it. Physical collisions do not require equations of motion in order to occur. If you’ve ever crashed your bike into a lamp post as a kid, you surely understand the concept. Why else would you have braked the next time you were headed for a similar collision? Without aid of heavy abstraction, you were able to understand the concepts of momentum, friction, velocity, rate etc. Your mind understood it even if you couldn’t at the time write an equation describing what had happened.

All that remained was comprehension of a generalized scenario where any object in motion would require a force in order to stop it moving.

It is at this step that the analytic minds start to gain on the rest of us. While we are busy trying to remember what m and v stand for, they’ve already devoured a chapter’s worth of information and effortlessly drifted onto the next semester’s workload. Come testing time, us right brains flunk and end up dropping the class leaving the future of analytic thought in the hands of dry and boring souls with virtually non-extant imaginations.

What could be done to ensure that this doesn’t continue to happen?

Well how about a multipronged approach to teaching this stuff. Fundamental sciences such as physics which cover most of reality in their breadth and scope shouldn’t have to be taught in the same black and white way every time! How did these nerds ever muster up the gall to try to teach acoustics without music, or color without paintings, or even motion without machines and dancers and visuals of all sorts serving as fodder for the human imagination and as inspiration. Did no one object to this insane migration of the most fundamental knowledge into the hands a few elite?

As humans we have spent most of our evolutionary lives in the most backward of times. It is only in this new age following the Renaissance that the scientific revolution has purified the quality of human knowledge into such a respectable and polished gem. Yet many of us live as if it doesn’t matter. As if knowing that matter has a wave quality doesn’t matter. Or that the fact that matter and energy are the same(E=mc2) doesn’t matter.

This apathy would be tolerable were this knowledge of a metaphysical and irrelevant kind , but given the fact that it is real, I find it atrocious.

Yet the student is not so much to blame as is the teacher. For it is the latter who has the perspective and depth of understanding to correct such a slide in educational morals.

I would bet money that the average adult male today with a college degree knows less about his world as a percentage of the total human  knowledge than did his equal of a millenia past. This is not excusable simply because there is far more knowledge out there, for there is also a higher average human IQ. It is an alarming fact though, that given this increment of facts, the mode of delivering them into the minds of people is still the same dry style of a lecture room talk!

Why hasn’t the means of delivery changed in step with the volume of content?

Maybe it is because the content providers are the kind of left brain, robot minded individuals that are perfectly content with the current way of teaching this stuff. And so how much of a surprise is it that they just cant manage to get the goods to any but a minority chiefly represented by members of their own type.

We need a revolution in the way we teach the important stuff.

This didactic revolution has to occur now because it did not occur 100 years ago nor 50 years ago nor 20 years ago. It has to occur now in order to stem the loss of perfectly competent individuals from the ranks of those who study our universe. These individuals leave because they feel themselves alienated by the jargon, posturing and ugliness of academia.

As things stand, our knowledge is being curated and jealously concealed behind a haze of abstraction and indoctrinated apathy. Who is to gain by maintaining a populace ignorant of the facts, incapable of distinguishing science from pseudoscience. The answer is corporations. The first boom in literacy and mass education was due to the corporations need for a somewhat more competent workforce than in times before the industrial revolution. And ever since, education has been inextricably linked to getting a job. It is no longer “…the passionless pursuit of passionless knowledge,” but rather the passionate chase of money through the conveyance of learning institutions. Once the idea of education becomes enmeshed in the task of making a living, then what one learns simply becomes a function of one’s physical needs. After that, all of the higher pursuits drift into the hands of those with the same exact raw intellectual material as their professors as it is only they who can foresee any money making in it with any degree of certainty.

We have accepted this caste system of intellectual achievement. As a consequence our knowledge suffers for lack of imagination. Nothing new in the way of ideas is ever allowed to approach the fundamentals because no new kinds of minds are allowed to participate in the search for answers. The majority and more diverse stock of intellect is left to the mere task of money getting whilst a few old wizards are left in the ivory tower to figure out a new path. But the fault with that system is that the wizards can only chart a path which is suitable to their kind. How are the rest of us to follow them when we can hardly identify the dimension in which the path is located?

Is the future of physics and other “hard” sciences to be left in the hands of this narrow class of mind? By doing this, are we not handing over the future to the emotionless, the autistic and the unfeeling. In other words, are we not handing over our world to the alien!

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The Phallic Symbolism of the lights atop the Empire State building on election night.

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We saw them rise,

Side by side,

First red was winning,

Then blue got competing,

Few in the reds,

Had any faith in the blues,

But faith had nothing to do with it,

Only how high you

could

could

could put it,

When finally CNN could call it,

When Ohio finally blued on it,

Where but Ohio,

Who but Obama,

What but blue,

Won that phallic race,

And decided whom would Rule!

So now you know,

That it isn’t the black that’s long,

Nor the white that’s strong,

But a coalition of blight,

Wielding might,

That makes that blue anaconda dong!

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Look Up…

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A dark sky bleeds clear,

A blue sky bleeds not at all,

Yet the health of the plain,

Depends on the bleed,

Life depends on the bleed,

But when we look upon it,

When we see a brooding

thunderous sky,

Why do we not think of life?

For the source of life is ugly and dark,

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Then again,

So too is the death,

Which we must all face.

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Nawapa pole wale wote ambao wamehadhiriwa na huu mkasa wa Hurricane Sandy.

The Obama Presidency, Term One

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Mr. Obama was once our dream. He was our brainchild in ’08. The whole world said  “yes we can!”

So what changed?

I’ll tell you what changed:

The American economy rebounded from the worst recession since the global depression.

Osama bin Laden was tracked down and taken out like the trash that he was.

We saw the greatest and most necessary healthcare reform that America needed come to pass. And because of it +30 millions of Americans who were previously uninsured now have affordable care.

If indeed our only rebuke of the man is the speed at which he has managed to effect these changes then it is also irrational for us to cut his time even more.

Obviously recovery takes longer than collapse. One has to first get over the inertia of the destructive recession to even begin an attempt at growth. And indeed Mr.Obama has accomplished this for in the third quarter of 2012 the GDP has grown by 2%.
This is a fact, not a polling number.

America has grown during Mr. Obama’s Presidency. America is on a healthy path with this president. How could you even consider risking that positivity by changing leadership during this time of nascent growth?

In this election, we have a challenger who just months ago insisted that America should get rid of FEMA and replace it with some vague state level agency. Yet with increasingly volatile weather caused by human induced climate change, how can anyone seriously suggest that we remove one of the few entities which Americans in crisis can depend on?

The thing about an emergency is that it does not respect cost! Disasters cannot be controlled as they occur but certainly the aftermath can be managed. And if the aftermath is poorly managed then the overall recovery cost increases by factors. Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to understand that. He only views this in terms of short term costs versus benefits. Quite frankly like an out of practice CEO. It is indeed disturbing to think that whilst people are cold and hungry in the wake of a disaster that the President would be more concerned about the cost of helping them and less about their suffering. Mitt Romney wants to divide America into States. He wants States to view one another as competitors rather than as allies. His experience in the private sector has molded him into a callous and uncaring individual. Romney has no place in Government.

We do have the right man in office. His values are the people’s values. He knows that people are more concerned with security at home rather than with an adventurous military abroad. Barack Obama genuinely cares about people. His field is in the humanities. His expertise is far more suited to the care of 300 million Americans than Mr. Romney’s corporate experience. He sees millions of workers where Mitt Romney only sees a few hundred corporations. He sees thousands of futures where Mitt Romney sees only money being spent on education expenditures.

Cost cutting is what is necessary to reduce the National debt. But the reason we want to reduce the National debt is to help millions of people who will have to pay it back eventually. It therefore makes no sense to burden these same Americans by destroying the social programs they depend on.

America is not under any current threat of such magnitude that it can justify the military spending increases which Mr. Romney advocates for. Are these sums not also adding to the National debt? How can the right continue to exist when they have been proven to be so full of hypocrisy?

America is wounded. It needs to be restored from the inside out. Military spending will not build hospitals nor schools nor infrastructure of any kind domestically. It will merely be blown away on some expensive, murderous tool of inhumanity.

Americans live in the United States of America. Military spending however, is mainly wasted abroad. The late 2000s recession damaged the American economy. The rest of the world’s nations are desperately trying to build back their own domestic capacities. The US will end up weaker if it spends it’s own scarce resources on foreign interventions rather than on nation building at home.

Barack Obama is not threatening other nations like his blowhard republican challenger. He understands that they are sovereign nations. And just as the United States would not be manipulated by threats and terrorism and demands from foreign nations, so too does Mr. Obama avoid such an ineffective foreign policy strategy. His opponents of course have painted this as some kind of weakness on Mr. Obama’s part. But they do so for political reasons which is to say with absolute disregard for the facts. These are the same people who insist that Barack Obama is a Muslim but at the same time also a Communist. Communism does not in fact endorse any religion.

Healthcare reform is also an agenda in this election. The challenger Mitt  Romney has vowed to repeal ACA. He childishly attacks this healthcare reform without a thought for the millions of people who will be left uninsured should it cease to exist. He offers no alternative and no hope for the millions of his fellow citizens with pre-existing medical conditions who will yet again become abandoned by greedy insurance companies. This is the man who promises 12 million jobs. The same man who as Governor in Massachusetts lost his State 40,000 manufacturing jobs.

How can you trust anything he says when he changes his mind almost as often as he changes his tie?

Barack Obama is the safe option.

Barack Obama is the smart option.

Barack Obama is my choice and my appeal to you is that you also make him your choice.

Thank you for your time reader.

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Now go out and vote. 🙂

RoboMitt

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His positronic brain,

Only wants gain,

He is from Bain,

And brings with him pain,

Here comes truth’s shame,

To take your jobs to Taipei,

This unit is surely faulty,

His programming is wonky,

Today he says abortion,

Tomorrow he’ll say life,

Yesterday he said Romneycare,

Next week Repeal Obamacare,

Clank,

Clank,

Clank,

Whats that sound?

Oh I know what it is,

It’s the sound of the computer,

Who wore flip flops!

Romney Romney Romney

Maybe if Mr. Romney cuts enough of his own taxes he’ll be able to call himself a billionaire. As far as I can tell, cutting taxes is the only policy he hasn’t flipped on so far. Most business men make their first billion. Mr. Romney here, seems to be ahead of the curve on this because his strategy isn’t the free enterprise route but rather the rot the system from the inside route. I give him props for the innovative way in which he approaches this dilema he has; he knows that there is absolutely no way in hell he has a future in the private sector. He is 65 and has been out of work for a decade. But sadly his ambition isn’t curbed by his incompetence. He strives on, beside himself, trudging on the path which he finds himself suitable for. The path that says Factcheckers will not dictate his campaign and that no position is so definitive of him that he may not flip flop on it.
This campaign is the political version of Romney’s glue factory in that, he is running to prove that he is not quite ready for the glue factory. All he cares about is his reputation. A reputation that has him harvesting companies by day and restricting minorities rights by night. Mr. Romney has the social ethics of the Taliban when it comes to education funding and women’s rights to equal pay. He compares rather well with the Al Shabab in Somalia given his stance regarding the role of government in society. He is right on track with rogue reigimes like North Korea and Iran when it comes to his wilful contempt for the UN’s role in the international scene. Mitt’s contempt for the United Nation’s authority internationally exceeds even W’s who infamously invaded countries without cause and without UN backing.
I suggest we give the man who’s policies skyrocketted the Dow and wound down two wars a second chance, before we risk another pseudoreligious, holier than thou nutbag in the white house. It would be a waste, a damn waste, for the American people to shave off 50% of Barack Obama’s potential. Let him finish the job.
Re-elect Barack Obama.