So I didn’t make any official statement about Sam Pepper until today because I had a feeling that he was up to what I refer to as “shenanigans.” I figured that if I posted something and then he threw a curve ball, it would make whatever I said feel empty because it would have been condemning him…
Yeah, that happened.
Jesus christ. I mean, I know Hannity is a piece of fucking garbage, but just listen to this. It’s not even click bait. It’s even worse than the headline. This level of depravity never ceases to amaze me. Am I too optimistic a person that this sort of discourse still surprises and shocks me? That someone could actually think and talk like this?
The less effort it takes to process a factual claim, the more accurate it seems. When we fluidly and frictionlessly absorb a piece of information, one that perhaps snaps neatly onto our existing belief structures, we are filled with a sense of comfort, familiarity, and trust. The information strikes us as credible, and we are more likely to affirm it – whether or not we should.
How many religious parents do you think wouldn’t let their 13 year old daughter get a pet dog because they didn’t think she was mature enough, but then forced her to go through with a teen pregnancy and have a child because of their faith?
xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read.