Monday, August 4, 2008

Talib Kweli - Def Poetry Jam

Talib Kweli - Def Poetry Jam

Aldous Huxley On Language

Aldous Huxley On Language 1 & the rest (5 parts)

update: streaming videos down, check out torrent sites for this lecture.

An excellent must hear talk on language, its limits, the realities it forms and ends wonderfully about constantly evolving our model of reality. This is what this blog is all about! He even suggests teaching children about this, I agree, if we had more awareness about language we would be much less susceptible to propaganda and a lot of corruption in this world could go away. I hope to generate as much awareness about belief systems as I can with more projects in the near future.

The Wise Three that lie

In Belgium there was an 11 year running funny quiz show named 'The Wise Three' or 'The three Wise Men' (De Drie Wijzen), reruns are still airing. Every show featured questions or video segments on which the three Wise Men gave a possible explanation and the two candidates had to pick the right one. The candidate that won got to go the final, where every wise one of the panel (usually consisting of musicians, actors, comedians, etc.) would tell a story and the candidate (and the audience) would have to guess wether they're telling the truth or not. BS detection! ;p Interesting symbolism to have 'wise men' that lie on every episode of a tv show isn't it? ;)

Do they really think the earth is flat?

From BBC News, an interesting look at the BS of the flat-earther:

"On 24 December 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 mission took a photo now known as Earthrise. To many, this beautiful blue sphere viewed from the moon's orbit is a perfect visual summary of why it is right to strive to go into space.

Not to everybody though. There are people who say they think this image is fake - part of a worldwide conspiracy by space agencies, governments and scientists.

Welcome to the world of the flat-earther.

Our attitude towards those who once upon a time believed in the flatness of the earth is apparent in a new Microsoft advert.

Depicting an olden-days ship sailing on rough seas, presumably heading towards the "edge of the world", the advert is part of a $300m campaign aimed at rescuing the reputation of Windows Vista by comparing its critics to flat-earthers."

lol at Vista, I guess I'm a flat-earther, but only to Microsoft's BS. Who knows about what NASA (Never A Straight Answer) images are fake? :p But as the article author feels, believing the world is flat and horizontally infinite after all these centuries is getting a little silly and has nothing to do with questioning but with believing.