Friday, October 21, 2016

Comment: A Real Democracy

In order to have a "real democracy" you need one person, one vote. The electoral college was put in place originally because the ruling elite wanted another check on the power of the people ostensibly in case they went crazy and elected someone clearly unsuitable. Perhaps they had in mind a case of mass hysteria like the Salem witch trials or other such manifestion of a later social sickness like that of Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy. In any case, you need an educated electorate to manifest change democratically. That is apparently not the case with Mr. Trump's base.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blast From da' Pas'!

Agee House/Oahu                                                                     John Shklov pre 1982

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ducklings are capable of abstract thinking, say scientists

"A new study suggests that ducklings can learn, and imprint on, the relationship between objects, considering more than just the characteristics of the objects themselves. And that could disrupt what we think about thought." 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black bear links real objects to computer images

"American black bears may be able to recognize things they know in real life, such as pieces of food or humans, when looking at a photograph of the same thing. This is one of the findings of a study which involved a black bear called Migwan and a computer screen."

Again, science is revealing that animals other than human beings can use abstract thinking to assist them in survival.  Recognition of symbols or images that represent real things is the first determinant of abstract reasoning.

For people that watch television with their animals recognizing things on the screen is no surprise.  Dogs recognize other dogs and other animals on the TeeVee and often react to these images vigorously.

It all prompts me to remember the totally off subject comparison Ernest Hemingway made between big Black Bears and Humans.  He said something like: "we should always remember that we all sit down to take a shit like big black Bears in the forest!"