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Sometimes the internet really scares me Mar. 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 am
Sometimes I get involved in a Facebook conversation (and I don't usually stay in these more than 2 posts) where someone comes along and starts spouting counter-factual nonsense and calling it "fact." Often, it's the same person over and over. I tend to start ignoring this person, except when I feel the audience reading the thread may be different. The reason that the differing audience is important to me: I hear one nutjob spout some awful lie, then I start to see it elsewhere, because someone read it. We seem inherently inclined to believe what we read, at least if it matches how we imagine the world to be when we read it, and then we seem unable to change that belief when and if we finally read something else that contradicts this read "knowledge." Many of the folks who practice this sort of "knowing," present their claims as "fact." I've got news for them (not that they will ever believe me), but a fact is something that is true whether you wish to believe it or whether it is useful to you. Choosing to believe something, especially something that is useful to you (and I included psychologically useful here) does not, in fact, make it a fact.

I place a great deal of importance on truth, on fact, on factual knowledge. This is not because of my career, rather my career is  because of this.

the job hunt goes on Jun. 4th, 2011 @ 12:46 am
In my head, I'm jumping up and down and screaming "Hire me, I really am awesome!" Still, no one seems to be hearing that. I'm really exercising my patience. Trying not to let proactive tumble over into pushy and presumptuous.

Jul. 15th, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
I need a "something cool" that will survive shipment to Wisconsin. Ideas?

want to see the flaming idiots but . . . Apr. 14th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
Still no luck getting in touch with Dan about a pass to Scarby. And I'd like to come out Sunday to see the Flaming Idiots, anyone got spare comps?

help me out Apr. 8th, 2010 @ 11:45 am
If you haven't already from my Facebook link, or if you have but you're at a different computer or IP address now...

could you click here once on Thursday and once on Friday to help me try to get free stuff from Bioware?
Other entries
» Jaime Lannister vs Cthulhu
According to George R.R. Martin: http://grrm.livejournal.com/140797.html
» Game of Thrones!
http://scifiwire.com/2010/03/hbo-says-yes-to-game-of-t.php
» the census.
File your census info!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34958916/ns/us_news-life/
» Star Trek Online?
Anyone out there planning to try out Star Trek Online?
» Rothfuss on Whedon
Not only do I think Patrick Rothfuss is a fantastic author, but also a fantastic blogger. And I know how much most of you out there love some Joss.

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/blog/2010/01/seven-stories-concerning-joss-whedon-or.html
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