February 18, 2011

A Brief Hiatus

Category: Travel — jerry @ 5:01 am

I’ll be away from the blog for the rest of February.

It’s too cold, so I’m travelling to Mexico City and Acapulco for about a week and a half.

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves in my absence. 🙂

February 17, 2011

A Surprising Threat To Democracy: Our Brains

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 5:20 am

From THE BOSTON GLOBE:

It’s one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789. This notion, carried down through the years, underlies everything from humble political pamphlets to presidential debates to the very notion of a free press. Mankind may be crooked timber, as Kant put it, uniquely susceptible to ignorance and misinformation, but it’s an article of faith that knowledge is the best remedy. If people are furnished with the facts, they will be clearer thinkers and better citizens. If they are ignorant, facts will enlighten them. If they are mistaken, facts will set them straight.

In the end, truth will out. Won’t it?

Maybe not. Recently, a few political scientists have begun to discover a human tendency deeply discouraging to anyone with faith in the power of information. It’s this: Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger….[Rest of article]

February 16, 2011

Perhaps One Of My Last Glenn Beck Clips…

Category: Movies/TV,Opinion — jerry @ 5:02 am

…because, you know–it’s not that funny any more. I watch this clip with the same concern that I watched the recent clip of the CBS reporter at the Grammies, who appeared to have had a stroke on air. (GOOGLE around for it, if you haven’t seen it–although CBS has been hard at work getting it taken down at YouTube). Anyway, to me, Beck is no longer just a parody of himself–he seems, to me, to be having some real mental health issues:

February 15, 2011

The “Atlas Shrugged” Trailer

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:25 am

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day. Watch This. You Won’t Be Sorry.

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:21 am

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February 13, 2011

And The Crowd Goes Wild!

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 7:04 pm

February 12, 2011

All Things Bright And Beautiful

Category: Technology — jerry @ 5:43 am

Evolution Made Us All from Ben Hillman on Vimeo.

February 10, 2011

Good Luck, Kids

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 10:04 am

Golden State Baptist College – A Week at GSBC from North Valley Baptist Church on Vimeo.

February 9, 2011

Foreign Policy Experts Meet In Iowa

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 12:17 pm

I am a product of Iowa education, myself, so these folks seem really, really smart to me:

February 8, 2011

“The Most Racist Field Trip Ever”

Category: Travel — jerry @ 5:10 am

WARNING: Friends, we have a lot of “F bombs” happening in this bit, but if you can get past that, this is 2 1/2 of the funniest minutes you will hear. I wish I’d been at this party: