My new holiday: Kepler’s Day

1859 engraving of Johannes KeplerI am so very tired of anti-reason, anti-science, anti-logic, anti-reality attitudes that I need to treat myself to a bit of celebrating of the very opposite.  I’m sick and tired of people who form a world view and then cherry pick and distort everything they hear and see to support that world view.

These people can be recognized by the fact that there is nothing that we can do or say, no amount of evidence that can suffice to convince them to alter their opinion.  They may change their soda preference or opt for a different vacation spot next year and hold that as proof that they do change and can be open-minded, but they never, ever actually change their mind in regard to their cherished beliefs.

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My Favourite Things

classroomAntibiotics and prescription glasses
Polio vaccines and food for the masses
Indoor plumbing and reading and writing
These are a few of my favourite things

Free education and books by the dozen
Women’s right to choose whether to have children
Emancipation of human beings
These are a few of my favourite things

Microwave ovens and soft toilet paper
Freedom of creed and a chance to discover
Black holes, galaxies, charmed quarks and superstrings
These are a few of my favourite things

When a fool brays
When TV sings
Of past golden days
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad