“Who Gets to Decide Truth?”

An article that is worth your time:

It provides a lot more than just this punchline:

Notice how Locke’s empiricism dovetails with the political principles of natural rights and basic equality. Because all people have eyes and ears and minds, and because we must check and consult with each other to find truth, the many, not just the few, are entitled to assert their own beliefs and contest others’. Epistemic rights, like political rights, belong to all of us; empiricism is the duty of all of us. No exceptions for priests, princes, or partisans.

I remember once reading an article that said before Einstein’s theory of relativity, where it was said only 12 people on earth could understand it, scientists had to explain things so that a lay person could follow and agree with it.  Theoretical science blew that all up, and now (in my opinion) scientists are treated like a modern priestly class. They say it. You believe it. Or, you are anti-science.

Yet, the priests of old were not perfect morally or intellectually, and neither are scientists.  As Jonathan Rauch notes:

Empiricism is the duty of all of us.

“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” Arturia Minilab MkII Remake

I’ve watched a number of Marius Tarceatu’s Arturia Minilab MkII remakes, but given how much my oldest son loved this song when he was young, I had to share this one:

Although I don’t know how to use it yet, I have one of the Arturia Minilab MKIIs myself, and hope some day to be able to this.

Of course, I have to be able to play a keyboard first.

BTW, here is the original classic: Read More

Review: Ichiban Buffet (Lone Tree, Colorado)

Ichiban logoMy wife and visited Ichiban Buffet for the first time today and were truly amazed. Our expectations were for a “normal” buffet-level atmosphere and quality.

Ichiban delivered something many times better.

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The selection was incredible (the quick snapshots attached don’t do it justice), the food was fresh and delicious, and the service was impeccable (with a special shout out to Joseph, our server).

Proof it is as good as I say? Well, it officially became the “special day” spot for us, starting with our anniversary in a couple weeks.

Great work Ichiban!

P.S. What about price? If you go with the all-you-can-eat buffet, it varies from about $18 per person for lunch during the week to the $33 we paid (which includes premium items). All I can say is that it is well worth it regardless, but if you want to watch your wallet, visit during the cheaper times. 🙂

P.P.S. Cross-posted on my Data Guy (Me) blog.

Trust in the Modern Age

As we consider whether it is appropriate for the government to flag misinformation for social media companies to censor/etc., this is an important thread from Glenn Greenwald (you have to click through to Twitter):

Although I am not a fan of some of the commentary in it, this article brings all (most?) of the thread together.

This is an especially important point for people who say the First Amendment only applies to the government, not to private companies. That is true, but…

If it is done under government pressure (even if the private businesses agree), then it is unconstitutional.

And, in the modern age, there is no reason to trust the government, Big Tech social media, nor the media with the power to censor. (Greenwald’s thread speaks to this too.)

If You Want to Understand

If you look at someone else and what they believe seems whacked, you have multiple choices:

You can think they are nutty. You can think they are evil. You can think they are stupid.

Or you can try to understand.

And, understanding does not require agreement. However, it does require spending more time listening than responding (especially arguing).

If you want to understand MAGA-world, this thread of tweets is worth reading:

Although I would recommend clicking on that tweet and reading the thread that way (to avoid additional commentary), Twitchy pulls them all together in one page here:

Okay, this is funny…

Hat tip to Instapundit.

P.S. And no, I am not saying illegal activities on January 6 in D.C. were funny.


This made me chuckle:

Update (July 12, 2021):

Kudos LinkedIn!

Since I wrote about my disappointment in LinkedIn suspending mRNA vaccine inventor Dr. Malone’s account, I am very happy to send them kudos for reinstating it and apologizing:

Malone, the self-proclaimed inventor of the mRNA vaccine, medical doctor and CEO of a biotech and government consulting business, tweeted out a message he received from a senior LinkedIn executive on Monday apologizing for his personal account being removed from the platform for a short time. Malone said he was “truly grateful for his kind gesture.”

“Dr. Malone’s account has been fixed as of this morning,” the message from a senior executive from LinkedIn read. “I’d like to apologize on behalf of LinkedIn — we’re just not good enough at detangling complicated, subtle scientific claims concurrent with similar [but different] misinformation coming from others.

Although it would have been best if it never had happened, compared to other social media companies, LinkedIn is a star after this.

Listen to Sean Penn and Conan O’Brien

Perhaps my favorite quote:

“Empathy is a very important word and also forgiveness,” said O’Brien. “We found that someone did something in 1979 that is now not appropriate. They’re dead to us.” O’Brien went on to describe cancel culture as “very Soviet,” saying, “People can also be forgiven. If they even need forgiving. What happened to that?”

We all need forgiveness.



Tucker Carlson discusses the situation on his program:

Original post:

I don’t care which side of the aisle you are on, this should make you aghast:

Unless Tucker Carlson is lying (which seems unlikely), this is a major scandal…as is political leaders not demanding answers.

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

As a dad who has spent three days with his son in the hospital, because of this “rare heart inflammation,” I think it okay for me to grumble about this article:

Let me ask you this, how much is a tween physically like a late twenties individual?  Is 12-30 or 12-29 really a normal medical age grouping? (I think the fact that someone in their twenties would never be at a children’s hospital, like my son is, pretty much answers that question.)

They are not the same. So, why do we keep getting statements like this?: Read More

Creationism is White Supremacy?

Given this article, I am more scientific than Scientific American:

Allison Hopper damns creationism. It’s not that people have an honest, religious belief. Instead…

I want to unmask the lie that evolution denial is about religion and recognize that at its core, it is a form of white supremacy that perpetuates segregation and violence against Black bodies.

At it’s core, Christian religion is about Jesus, nothing more, nothing less.

Later, the author writes:
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