Challenges to many post-Enlightenment radicals, true-believers and narrow ideologues continue apace. Hopefully, colonizing the Arts & Sciences for reasons other than making good art and doing good science will not come so easy.
Who’s got the Truth? Who’s got the better models?
Jordan Peterson & Slavoj Zizek will be debating on April 19th:
On this site, see: Adam Kirsch responds to Zizek’s responses. Kirsch reviewed Zizek’s In Defense Of Lost Causes in a New Republic piece entitled ‘The Deadly Jester.’
Interesting quote from Roger Scruton here:
So, what is all this Nothing-ness about? ‘My view’, says Scruton, ‘is that what’s underlying all of this is a kind of nihilistic vision that masks itself as a moving toward the enlightened future, but never pauses to describe what that society will be like. It simply loses itself in negatives about the existing things – institutional relations like marriage, for instance – but never asks itself if those existing things are actually part of what human beings are. Always in Zizek there’s an assumption of the right to dismiss them as standing in the way of something else, but that something else turns out to be Nothing.’
On that note, keep living a good life and keep learning:
Via Eric Weinstein, Science On A Sphere has got to be a dream of all weather and map geeks, no matter their level of commitment:
High-fidelity photographic images and satellite loops give you snatches of the bigger picture. Get enough data sets and processing power together to build a basic model of Earth, however, and and you can start mapping months of actual data over the model. Then you can start doing the same for other planets.
Perhaps with the cheaper availability of AI modeling, costs will come down enough to allow localized and predictive weather observations and modeling. Amateur weather geeks can start adding input channels and competitive, real-time knowledge which strengthen and/or challenge the big models in real-time.
Engage your visual cortex along with actual recorded weather data. Choose a particular weather event from your own memory, and align it with this visual representation of the data on the macro-level:
You probably already knew: If you keep scrolling out of Google Maps from your lat/long (https://www.google.com/maps) in satellite view, you will eventually see a similar Earth model. You can then choose other planets from a sidebar if you can’t afford $45K!
I’ve been enjoying Event Horizon lately; good questions and good answers from Astronomers and serious practitioners. Subscribe!: