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Just Finished Reading: Flim-Flam! #books

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Recently I got into a discussion about astrology and was told that it was obvious that I’d never had a good astrological reading. I have difficulty dealing with people who choose to believe in pseudoscience, and have much in common with James Randi in this respect. Where he and I diverge is in our treatment of these fanatics, I tend to avoid them like the plague. The same holds for the people who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the belief in the power of Friday the thirteenth.

Isaac Asimov writes in his introduction to the book that “[u]nder these circumstances, what crime is greater than that of deliberately misteaching the public about science, of deliberately misleading them, of defrauding them, of feeding and stimulating their ignorance?” Randi goes on to savagely ravage all the purveyors of trickery explaining that he seeks “to prove that ‘psychics’ use trickery by duplicating their wonders by trickery.” I believe that the main issue with this book is not that it is not written with the mainstream in mind, it is that the main stream media is more interested in spouting ridicules fiction and trickery rather than the truth, and the public eats it up. This is probably why politicians do so well.

I’m sure you had a nice day. And if you didn’t read Flim-Flam!

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Star Trek XI

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Paramount Pictures produced another Star Trek movie, the working title was Star Trek XI or Star Trek Zero. I assume Star Trek Zero refers to the fact that it takes place before the TOS (The Original Series) and all the other movies. According to IMDB the plot is “A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

Chris Pine will be playing James Tiberius Kirk, he has the same characteristics that I remember in the young William Shatner. Jimmy Bennett will be playing the young Kirk. It seems we’ll also be introduced to Christopher Pike in the form of Bruce Greenwood. Zachary Quinto plays Spock, although it seems Leonard Nimoy will also be making a cameo as Spock. Winona Ryder will be playing Amanda Grayson and Sarek will be played by Ben Cross. And Simon Pegg as Scotty.

I wonder what this one will be like…

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm

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