Logico Fractatus | New Wallpapers – 2017.10.24

This time, I have two new images courtesy of Fractal Domains, the very first fractal program I’ve ever used, and luckily can still use on the new laptop. These are among the better outcomes of my Bad Fractals ongoing project. Why Bad Fractals? The goal here is to find grunchloads of fractal making solutions that don’t work, to isolate and point out the ones that do, and thereby create better images in the process. Feel free to use these images if you wish for any non-commercial purposes, just leave a link to the original post or mention of the source when you do! Thanks, and enjoy!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

 

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Mr. Eccles Presents | George Hrab – Rethinking Doubt: the Values and Achievements of Skepticism

Here, George Hrab gives the low-down on the importance and general good sense of our very human capacity to doubt and ask valid questions, no matter the answers we may get or who they might upset, especially ourselves.

Courtesy of the TEDx Talks YouTube channel

This talk explains why being skeptical–as opposed to being cynical or denialist–is a good thing. Having doubts or reservations has led to some of humanity’s greatest achievements.

George Hrab has written and produced seven independent CDs and one concert DVD; published two books; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award winning podcast; and has emceed numerous international science conferences, all while being the drummer for The Philadelphia Funk Authority. He’s travelled to four continents promoting critical thinking, science, and skepticism through story and song. George is considered one of the preeminent skeptic/science/atheist/geek-culture music icons currently living in his apartment.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Cat Thursday | Eccles, Rockykins & Ricky Prismatized

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy! This meme is hosted by the True Book Addict!

Here, I’ve used the Prisma app’s various filters on my boys, including old Rockykins, whom I still miss terribly. I’ve started with . . .

Mr. Eccles, enthroned on my sheets . . .

 

Old Rockykins, lounging in the sink to cool himself on a hot night . . .

 

 

. . . Aaand Rickythulhu, once he started to get used to people.

MetaCognitions | Worst Apocalypse EVER! Part II

Recently, I noted in this series the failed apocalyptic prediction of an American, so-called “Christian numerologist” David Meade, due starting on September 23, and, I found out soon soon afterward, the still-failed prediction being extended into early this month.

I also found out, much to my surprise, on the 164th episode of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast, that Meade’s claims are actually consistent over time! But this does not vindicate them. Still, it’s important to be fair in our criticisms, no matter the failure of the claims.

It’s not so much that he moved the goalposts for falsifying his claims after the fact, but that he moved them out of reach from the very start! Well, if the nonexistent planet Nibiru is to be implicated in this nonsense, there’s been no End, no Sign of the End, no Beginning of the End, and no End of the World as We Know It beyond everyday change in the world.

And that’s no matter how he hedged his claims. No matter how vague he made them to make them impossible to falsify. Claims that are consistent with all possible evidence are useless claims.

It should be noted that many Christian groups have repudiated his claims, and there’s a County Down mentalist, also named David Meade, who has been mistaken for the American conspiracy theorist and has personally received death-threats as a result of the confusion between names. Guys, this is not funny. One is a professional entertainer from Northern Ireland, the other is an American conspiracy theorist making apocalyptic claims. And it’s a dick move to troll the one because of confusion with the other.

So, my previous post on this was, to a degree, mistaken in my assessment of Meade’s consistency over time regarding his claims. Yet my conclusion holds, for as the claimant, he has failed to meet the burden of proof. So, his claims without evidence may thus be safely dismissed, also without need for evidence.

Tf. Tk. Tts.