the dregs
Hi what does the dragon in my garage mean?

thedragoninmygarage:

"A fire-breathing dragon lives in my garage."

Suppose I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely you’d want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories of dragons over the centuries, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!

"Show me", you say, and I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old tricycle - but no dragon

"Where’s the dragon", you ask.

"Oh, she’s right here", I reply, waving vaguely. "I neglected to mention that she’s an invisible dragon".

You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the dragon’s footprints. “Good idea”, I say, “but this dragon floats in the air”. Then you’ll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire. “Good idea, but the invisible fire is also heatless”, I say. You’ll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible. “Good idea, except she’s an incorporeal (bodyless) dragon and the paint won’t stick!”

And so on. I counter every physical test you propose with a special explanation of why it won’t work.

Now what is the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there’s no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists? You’re inability to invalidate my hypothesis is not at all the same thing as proving it true. Claims that cannot be tested, assertions immune to disproof are veridically worthless, whatever value they may have in inspiring us or in exciting our sense of wonder. What I’m asking you to do comes down to believing, in the absence of evidence, on my say-so.

A story from “The Demon Haunted World”, by Carl Sagan

Thank you for the great question :)

That’s my move!

The propensity to see connections or patterns that are not there (apophenia) seems to be related to high levels of religiosity, especially the fundamentalist kind. I think this is due to the mental gymnastics a fundamentalist has to go through to make their worldview as ordered as they believe it is.

Episode 13: Unafraid of the Dark, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

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hydrangea-in-the-roses:

My aunt shared this picture on facebook:

I shared it from her and added:

"Dear Christian,

I don’t.

If my relationship with a woman does not affect you in any way, why do you care if I marry her?

:) “

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes

Salman Rushdie

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teded:

A tattoo machine causes a wound that alerts the body to begin the inflammatory process, calling immune system cells to the wound site to begin repairing the skin. It is this very process that makes tattoos permanent.
From the TED-Ed Lesson What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre
Animation by TOGETHER

teded:

A tattoo machine causes a wound that alerts the body to begin the inflammatory process, calling immune system cells to the wound site to begin repairing the skin. It is this very process that makes tattoos permanent.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre

Animation by TOGETHER

zachrse:

Rare footage of Professor Xavier smacking Star-lord in the face with a keyboard.

zachrse:

Rare footage of Professor Xavier smacking Star-lord in the face with a keyboard.