Monday, June 18, 2018

GOD OF THE GAPS








Science is the antithesis of faith.  Science, by definition, is the attempt to fine physical proof for that which is unknown or not yet defined.  When science affirms an answer, that answer is universal.  Humans do not go to war over it.”
Origin by Dan Brown



A computer is programmed to store, retrieve and correlate information.  When a computer is tasked with a query it cannot solve its response is insufficient data.

The human brain is a computer, but its programming differs from its electronic counterpart.   The brain stores information from a lifetime of personal experiences; but the human brain always seeks closure and order.



Our brain tends to fill in the gaps of insufficient data or uncomfortable realities with an imagined acceptable alternative, in order to bring comfortable closure to a subject. 

Early man was fearful of things he could not understand: death, storms, fire, night… so he fantasized Gods to explain the unexplainable. As civilization advanced, the stories of Gods became more sophisticated.  Poseidon ruled the Oceans (Greek), Vulcan was responsible for volcanic eruptions (Romans), Odin was the god of war and Valkyries carried the dead warriors to Valhalla.




Gods filled in the gaps of man’s knowledge in order to bring about closure to the unknowable.  But, as science and mathematics advanced the Gods became unnecessary and were replaced with known quantities.  

Religion has been the enemy of Science and Knowledge from the very beginning.   Adam and Eve were supposedly driven from the magical garden of Eden for eating from the tree of knowledge.  William of Ockham was tried for heresy for his math and scientific studies.  Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for declaring the sun was the center of the universe.



Galileo was threatened with the stake and make to recant his belief in a sun centered universe.  It wasn’t until 1822 that the Catholic Church finally accepted that the fact of that the earth rotates around the sun.  

People do not give up their Gods easily.   Science and logic have systematically shined a light on religious superstitious ignorance.  Yet there are still major populations of mankind that believe in a virgin birth, a flying horse, a talking burning bush, a man walking on water, reanimation of the dead, angels, devils, heaven, hell, bread that turns into flesh and wine into blood…



Religion has held its sway because children have been indoctrinated from birth by their religious parents, their religious communities and religious leaders.  Children and adults have been played upon by apostolic snake oil salesmen. 

 

But today, more and more young people are moving away from religion.  The major hold that religions still flexes on mankind is the promise of life after death.   It fills in the gap.    It is what people want to believe.   

Religion's promise is: I will pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.  So religions will never go easily into that good night.

GOD OF GAPS




the Ol’Buzzard


Sunday, June 17, 2018

IN AN EFFORT AT FULL DISCLOSURE







MRMacrum of Lost in the Bozone recently posted about updating his blog presentation.  I am satisfied with my blog appearance, but I had a look at my profile and found that the picture posted was eight years old and showed a younger buzzard who still had some black hair. 

Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag…) noted: “One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being.”

So, in an effort of full disclosure I have updated my profile picture to reflect the real me at my age:






The Indian motorcycle shirt was a father's day present from my wife and cat - daughters.  I have never owned an Indian, but my grandaddy road one back in the thirties





 and I have always admired them and thought some day I might... 




but they are too expensive and now someday has passed me by.


But I have had a good ride so no complaints.
the Ol'Buzzard



HOT WEATHER RAMBLINGS







I was raised in the Mississippi Delta where normal summer temperatures were in the high eighties and nineties, often reaching into the hundred-plus range.  No one had air conditioning.   We ran window fans and at night slept with our windows open.   



We didn’t worry about crime.  Criminals were not glorified at the movies, on TV or radio; so young men weren’t prone to act out aggressively toward older or weaker citizens.   Drinking beer, racing cars or an occasional fight at the pool hall was as bad ass as young men got in our small Delta town.

I grew up in hot weather but have spent much of my adult life in the north; including Newfoundland, Iceland, Alaska and the high arctic.  I remember those hot Mississippi days and nights of my childhood and have no desire to relive it – part of the reason we have settled in Maine. 





In the western Maine mountains we usually have  two or three times during the summer when the temperatures will reach ninety degrees.   The rest of the summer the temperatures are in the seventies to mid-eighties, and at night drop into the sixties.    I know it sounds like a wuss to complain about a few days of extremely hot weather while the south and south west cook for weeks during the summertime.   But, most of the rural people here in Maine do not have air conditioning; feeling that the few days of discomfort doesn’t rate the cost and inconvenience of installation and removal.     So, when it reaches ninety we hibernate and complain – at least that is what my wife and I do.

Tomorrow, Monday, the temperature will be ninety degrees, then we drop back into the low eighties and upper seventies for the rest of the week. 



 

Beer was made of hot weather.  Silenus is the Greek God of beer, and tomorrow I intend to celebrate him.

The Ol’Buzzard


Saturday, June 16, 2018

YouTube





In 1982 I was introduced to the Apple II computer – an 8-bit computer with 48k of memory.  

It is hard to believe forty years later we now live in a world run by computers and computer technology. 

Even an older buzzard like me, who to some extent resist technology running my life, has had to move into the 21st. century techno-world. 

I have a Tom-Tom that I use when I travel.  I have a flip cell phone that I carry in case of emergency when I travel, I have a computer and have recently (a birthday present) been given a Samsung Galaxy notebook that I use to download books from the library.  

I am down on social media; but I am a hypocrite since I run this blog.  

I find my computer great for research, I use e-mail and I have Netflix; but the most useful function of my online existence is YouTube.  

I buy a log splitter – I research YouTube; I buy a slow cooker – YouTube; Slow cooker recipes – YouTube, I lay flooring – YouTube; generator conversion - YouTube, Repair my chainsaw - YouTube...

Any project I have I first run it through YouTube.  
If I could only have one internet site it would have to be YouTube. 

the Ol'Buzzard

Friday, June 15, 2018

OLD DOG NEW AVOCADO








I am not a great gastronomist – I was raised in the south.  We ate tomatoes, corn, rice, collards, eggs, grits, bacon, chicken, ham and catfish.  I was raised on wonder bread and oleo margarine.  My snacks were mayonnaise sandwiches.

I have eaten at some nice restaurants over the past forty years, but there are some foods that are still foreign to me. 

I have recently learned I like avocados; but half an avocado added to a salad for my wife and is enough, then the other half goes bad in the refrigerator overnight. 

In this day and age of unlimited information on line I eventually search YouTube for the answer of storing avocados.  

YouTube offered half dozen solutions for keeping avocados fresh and I tried them all and narrowed it down to one.

Leave the pit in and store it in an airtight container with chopped onions – it works for up to four days. 

two days old


  the Ol'buzzard

Monday, June 11, 2018

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY FROM ELMO AND COOKIE MONSTER



PBS airs a children's show called
Pinkalicious and Peterrific



You've got to be shitting me!
 How did they get that one past the censors?

I'm just asking?
the Ol'Buzzard



AN APOLOGY




Canada
We are sorry!




the Ol'Buzzard