Saturday, November 26, 2016

Caturday's Astrophenia | So, it begins. Cry havoc, and let slip the corgis of ankle-biting!



My blogcation for November 2016 is officially over, so this post marks the start of regular publishing on the Collect Call. What do I intend from here on? What do I want?

I want sanity. I want reason. Not just reasons, but good reasoning, skillful and careful reasoning. I want this for as many people as possible in the time I have. I want reliable, smart, effective, investigative thinking available to all, by disseminating a toolkit for it in an increasingly dangerous world with deception, propaganda, and misinformation at every turn.

I want, to paraphrase the late Carl Sagan, to light a candle in the dark rather than merely curse the darkness. A candle lit in support of science and reason against the encroaching night of unreason.

With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States this coming January, critical thinking and science communication will be needed more than ever, and I hope to do my part on this blog.

But I will not post on general politics, nor on religion, only when these endeavors intersect with science, skepticism, and critical thinking. This is not a political or an anti-theist blog.

Instead of watching the world burn itself out in an orgy of spiraling madness, I want to empower people, to enfranchise the disenfranchised, even if the outlook seems hopeless, and it seems as though I'm a modern Sisyphus rolling giant monster bowling balls up a skyscraper with my nose, only to be forced to repeat the task forever.

I think that's a pretty worthwhile goal.

Tf. Tk. Tts.


The Astrognuz:

NASA's New Asteroid Alert System: Five Whole Days of Warning

Santorini Seen from Space

Satellite Sensors: Global Fire Coverage

ESA and the Vatican Join Forces to Save Data in Digital Age

Where Will President-Elect Trump Take American Space Endeavors?

JPL's Eyes-Ranger

Nebula NGC 2170 by Robert Gendler and Ryan Hannahoe

A Box of 'Black Magic' to Study Earth from Space

NASA Report Summarizes Contamination Knowledge Gaps for Human ET Missions

Iceberg Patrol Gains Faster Updates from Orbit

Was Physics Really Violated in 'Leaked' NASA Paper?

NGC 299 Reveals its Most Massive Stars

Big Picture Science Radio Show | And To Space We Return

Shifting Coronas Around Black Holes (Artist's Concept)

Flying the Fantastic Four

Though an Alien World, Titan's Canyons Would Look Familiar

Trump Becomes the 45th President of the United States

When Computers Were Human

Astronomers Think They Know Were Rosetta's Comet Came From

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe Presents Global Weirding

New, Space-Based View of Human-Made Carbon Dioxide

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Hidden History

Princeton Team Directly Observes Planets around Nearby Stars

Obama Reaffirms NASA's Plans for Landing Humans on Mars

Did Early Earth Spin on Its Side?

Colliding Galaxies Arp 299 Black Holes Resolved in X-Rays

Videos | Spacecraft Power

This Star is the Roundest Natural Object Ever Seen

Ice Crystals above Clouds Dance and Flash to Electric Fields

The Drake Equation at age 55

Stephen Hawking Issues a Wakeup Call

Space Images | Saturn's Watercolor Swirls

Zen Pencils Draws an Einstein Quotation

Video: Moonshot

1 comment:

  1. Troy that is an amazing goal, and so well expressed. I hope you have another good year of blogging in 2017. Well done.

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