False Beliefs Handled with Care at CSICon 2018October 19, 2018
As the Friday morning presentations came to a close at CSICon 2018, our ebullient emcee George Hrab commented, “I love that the theme today is understanding.” I had been thinking the same thing. This is a thing with me, it’s like some lobe in my brain is triggered to deliver squirts of dopamine whenever its …
Outside-the-Box Skepticism: Welcome to CSICon 2018October 19, 2018
CSICon is always a big deal. We wouldn’t crow about it so much if it wasn’t. We call it things like “the premier skeptics’ event” and whatnot because it happens to be true! So even given the cascade of well-earned superlatives we (okay, I) use to describe CSICon year after year, it’s already obvious that …
10 Commandments Under Fire Part IIOctober 17, 2018
Yeah, yeah, yeah, stealing is wrong. Even apes and wolves know that. Try grabbing a gorilla’s last banana and making a run for it. When he catches you, shakes you like a can of spray paint, eats the banana you stole in front of you, and shoves the peel into your ear, that’s his way of saying stealing is wrong.
Because he instinctually knows – as do we – that stealing is wrong. How many apes can recite the 10 Commandments?(Probably about as many as congress members.)
The point is that if apes don’t need this spelled out, why do we?