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Left behind (in the Dark Ages)

I’ve refrained from commenting on politics up to now, but this is too absurd to be ignored any longer.

According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility:

Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

As we approach the end of 2006, and continue our march through the 21st Century, some of us are left behind — evidently in the Dark Ages. Science and reason continue to be downplayed and minimized through fanciful thinking by the Bush administration. This level of leadership intelligence is also displayed by my cat. Mind you he’s pretty dumb. In fact, he’s so dumb that he thinks that if he can’t see you, you can’t see him. Whenever he wants to hide from something, he only hides his head. The Bush administration likewise hides its head under the ground (apparently ignoring the surrounding geological evidence as it does so), and believes it can transcend reality through ignorance.

As we move into 2007, I implore Mr. Bush to:

Rapture of the nerds (in Canada!)

Victoria News recently published an interesting article on Singularitarians in Canada whcih compared Singularitarianism with religion:

At first blush, Singularitarianism may seem like a religion and has even earned from critics the label “Rapture of the Nerds.” But Singularitarianism differs from religion in one crucial aspect: its belief doesn’t depend on a supernatural power influencing human affairs. Singularitarians rely only on the evidence and patterns scientists have tested and observed in the natural universe.

All said, however, the article does a good job at describing what the Technological Singularity is about and what it might mean for us.

Link to the Victoria News article.