Quick review of myself:-
I am South African.
I am almost 38 years old.
I am a computer programmer.
I am geek*
I love to read.
I have a very bizarre humor.
I enjoy computer games.
… and I try to follow the scientific method in all I do (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method).
This blog will hopefully fill up with information about scientific things I find interesting.
There will also be rants against those things and ideas that are not scientific but are ported to be scientific or are said by someone attempting to be scientific, in other words Pseudoscience (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscience).
I will have the odd comment about those parts of religion that I don’t get or those that state they believe/follow a certain belief system but their actions go directly against those beliefs.
I will post comments on news articles that are stupid, dangerous or unbelievable weird to have ever gotten published.
I will rant and I will rave and you may as well, all comment will be open and never be deleted.
I do have my own online journal for personal stuff that does not fall under the above heading and on occasions I will cross post but I am hoping that most my posts will be happy. (http://themyst.livejournal.com)
I am hoping to update this blog at least once a week.
Until next time, a couple of my favorite quotes.
“Skepticism is an approach to testable physical claims. Atheism is a conclusion regarding an untestable metaphysical claim. These are not the same thing. You can be both a skeptic and an atheist. This is demographically common amongst skeptics. But please remember, there are many other skeptics who do hold or identify with some religion. Indeed, the modern skeptical movement is built partly on the work of people of faith (including giants like Harry Houdini and Martin Gardner).You don’t, after all, have to be against god to be against fraud.” – Daniel Loxton
“It’s fine to form a hypothesis, but don’t try to confirm it — try to disprove it.” – Jeff Wagg
“We should treat each case anew, each experience as unique, and not as “just another ghost story.” Think it over, discuss it with colleagues, research and analyze the data before making premature pronouncements.” – Dr. Karen Stollznow
“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” – Carl Sagan
“Scientists want criticism, they invite objections, they seek out ways to falsify hypotheses. But these criticisms, objections and falsifications must be logical, they must be self-consistent, and they must be scientific themselves.” – Dr Phil Plait
*The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek