Cantaz commented on the post, Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe 9 hours, 6 minutes ago
Cantaz commented on the post, Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
I used the term “egocentricity” not in relation to any psychoanalytical notion, but to indicate the fact that, as far as we can tell, very young children are only aware of their own needs, perceptions and thoughts, so much that they cannot differentiate themselves from anything else (including, as you mentioned, their parents).
Cantaz commented on the post, Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe 14 hours, 55 minutes ago
@ Modesti #1
For example I don’t want to be center of anything…
You don’t want it now, but I bet when you were a toddler you (just like anybody else, of course) screamed your little head off any time you felt hungry, unwell or unhappy. At that stage in particular, feeling and behaving as if the world revolves around oneself makes a l…[Read more]
Cantaz commented on the post, Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe 1 day, 5 hours ago
Why Humans Prefer to Be the Center of the Universe?
I suspect it is basically for the same reason why cats (or any other animal, for that matter) behave as if they are at the center of the universe.
Cantaz commented on the post, Elusive triangulene created by moving atoms one at a time 5 days, 5 hours ago
Moriarty, a nanoscientist who specializes in molecular manipulation…
What the heck!
Somebody send a message to 221-B Baker Street, quick!
Cantaz commented on the post, Do’s and don’ts for scientists who want to shape policy 6 days, 4 hours ago
…fact-averse President Donald Trump…
“Fact-perverse” would be a more correct qualifier.
Cantaz commented on the post, The March for Science is Set to Happen on Earth Day 2 weeks ago
Hey, how about about getting all the RDF crowd (members, comments contributors, sympathizers etc.) together for the March for Science @ Washington DC on April 22?
Can you imagine? You could at last have a beer with phil (is he still around, btw?), ask crookedshoes why and how his shoes got crooked, ask Dan if he can really play the guitar and…[Read more]
Cantaz commented on the post, Your oldest ancestor was really weird and had a big mouth 2 weeks ago
I see an uncanny similarity with the current president…
Cantaz commented on the post, Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science? 2 weeks, 6 days ago
I can understand being highly sceptical of any science that came out of Monsanto, Nestle, Merck, or Exxon Mobil, but what replaces it?
Publicly-funded peer-reviewed research in Universities.
That’s what academia is supposed to be mostly about.
Whenever you see these things, it is all belief systems…
Nobody falls for that kind of false equivalence here.
To suggest that any way of understanding the world is equally valid and effective as any other is naïve at best.
If one truly thought of Science as just like any other “belief system”, one should be consistent with…[Read more]
Cantaz commented on the post, Would You Give Up Perfect Vision for a Trip to Space? 4 weeks ago
Would You Give Up Perfect Vision for a Trip to Space?
Yes, science is political
How come, then, there is only one Scientific method (broadly defined) recognised and used by all scientists around the world?
How come we don’t see American science bickering with Chinese science and Russian science and German science as to which one is the “real” science?
I get what the writer is trying to convey,…[Read more]
Cantaz commented on the post, Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science? 4 weeks ago
What makes some smart people so skeptical of science?
Naïve realism and the failure to recognize the juvenile egocentrism that goes with it.
Which means they are not so smart after all.
We’re facing an abyss, the ninth circle of Hell!
Dan, I suspect that, for the immediate future, we have no other option than turning into modern Dan-tes (pun intended); visiting hell and be lucky enough to come out of it relatively unscathed…
he won’t gain much traction in politics whilst a declared athiest
On the other hand, if there were in the US an atheist or agnostic with the means of putting together a political movement capable of cracking the glass ceiling of “non-electability”, it would be someone like him.
Even if he didn’t get elected, the very fact that he ran as a d…[Read more]
I went through a period where I questioned things, but now…
Mr. Z. buys (or pretends to buy) into the ridiculous notion that there should come a time in one’s life when it is reasonable and desirable not to question things anymore…
How amusingly and worringly wrong this is, particularly for a man with so much power in his hands…
Cantaz commented on the post, Virtual Reality Can Leave You With an Existential Hangover 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Virtual Reality Can Leave You With an Existential Hangover
It could simply be a withdrawal symptom, i.e., a sign of an emerging addiction.
And our brain can get addicted to a lot of things (including computer programming, as RD himself knows well).
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