Acceptance is not the endgame

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There’s a big difference between contentment and resignation, but they’re often confused.


Are you waiting for others to reduce your pollution?

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Despite the disagreement about human-influenced climate change, we should accept that we are polluting our environment to some extent. So instead of waiting on others to do something about it, what we can do? We the people? We are the consumers for whom industry pollutes, after all.

Would you move closer to work to drive less? Buy fewer things to reduce manufacturing and trucking pollution? Reduce or eliminate eating cows, pigs, and other livestock to lower their fart pollution? Grow some of your food? Buy a more fuel efficient car?

How about in your career? Would you go work for Solar City? How about do some research and start your OWN Solar City?!

Imagine the collective impact we would have if each of us made one major lifestyle change to reduce our carbon footprint.

I’m all for healthy debate, and taking an impassioned stand (after getting informed), but at the end of the day, you’ve got to ask yourself, “What did I do about it?”

The hysterical left, the heartless right, and the quiet, mindful middle

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Both science and religion are led by humans, humans who are imperfect.  Although science is based on evidence-based analysis, and religion on non-testable doctrine, they are both swayed by the culture of the time period they are in. Religion was leading us more in the past, while today we lean on science and technology…wait, where’s my mobile? …Ahhh. There you are, my Precious.

The point being, when scientists discount the research results which do go against their beliefs, and keep the results which don’t, they are not being scientific anymore. Let me explain.

The basic method of science in order to prove a conclusion is to repeatedly test the result made by other scientists to try to replicate it. Over time, if the same result is repeatedly reached, and no different results come up to disprove it, then the conclusion is viewed to be proven. Albeit, temporarily proven, because as soon as any experiment gets a result different from the accepted conclusion, then the conclusion is thrown into question, and is no longer proven.

There is no science in saying, “Not all experiments have shown there is an association between the things we studied, but most of the experiments have, so we conclude that there is an association.”

This is not a scientific claim. When making such claims, these scientists have removed their white lab coats and have stepped outside of science and into the general population.

Science is not like faith: Faith cannot be disproven. Scientific conclusions can be disproven, and, in fact, that is what science is FOUNDED UPON.

Science should not be muddled with faith. And scientists should not be asked to make non-scientific conclusions, and if they do, it is our responsibility as the most informed public in the history of humanity, to recognize them as such.

Whatever the issue, if it is truly important to you, something that you are passionate about, and you want to take a strong stand on, then be curious, take the time, and discover the “why” to what you believe. The irony today is that those who may see themselves as science-minded are supporting non-scientific claims, simply because they came from scientists.

However well-intentioned the claim, it should not be accepted as science simply because it’s “the right thing to do.” It is not the place of science to make that judgment.

The authority figures in science and religion cannot be assumed to know the truth, especially when they make claims outside of the scientific method, when they bring their own bias in the data or doctrines they choose to follow to reach the conclusions they want to reach. BUT…

They will help you in your journey to the truth you seek. And It’s up to you to think for yourself to reach that truth.

Do not let the noise from the fringes sway you. Stay mindful.


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Why probiotics are bogus

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This, after researching probiotics and live culture food for nearly ten minutes on the internet, my dilettante conclusion is that the science is sketch.

A hundred trillion cells in your gut but only a hundred million in a serving of kombucha or yogurt.  And there’s supposed to be a significant impact from eating those things? Unlikely.

HOWEVER,

I will continue to create kombucha because I take pleasure in the fruity and spicy tang. And if I stopped, I would drop from Hipster level 8 to Hipster level 5, which I will not abide.

And also, with all the ANTIBIOTICS that we eat in our meat, and that is over-prescribed and pass through our bodies and into our water supply, a little BIOTIC is bound to help our digestive bacteria population, right?


 

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