Sailing Dreaming & Summer Science Reading

Summer Science Sailors,

Gaze below and tell me you are not tempted to captain this ship 🙂
Drink in the video and say you are not intoxicated, I dare you  😉

The 18 ft skiff is currently one of the fastest monohulls on Earth … The high speed makes it hard to handle and requires extremely fast reflexes …” Love it! 

A supreme example of man’s success in adapting nature to human pleasure. 
The meaning of life? You decide.

Here in Sweden we have just completed a long sizzling sunny summer. Even though our national weather agency, SMHI, scored just 45% in it’s predictions (coin flipping anyone?), competing well with the UK Met Office for dismal predictive performance.

  
“Do you trust Swedish weather forecasts?”- No said 76%  🙂 

Dan Gardner’s excellent Future Babble explains how common this expert failure is around the world, and through the ages, suggesting more critical thinking from the populace.
Good boy Dan! Famous Neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland presents in Braintrust convincing evidence that morality originates in the biology of the brain.

Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe them AnywayBraintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality

Maybe this latest neuroscience research can explain why now in Sweden 3 year olds are questioned and recorded by Gender Studies ideology, currently plagueing our schools here, about their views on: love between boys and girls, identifying foreigners and belief in a god.

This Politically Correct thinking is subjected to a withering analysis in Stefan Collini’s That’s Offensive. Criticizing the “Right to not be offended” he also highlights the currently popular “respect” response, that is now used to create an “intelligence apartheid” separating those that can debate with evidence and logical argument from those assumed incapable, and so must be given “respect”.    

That's Offensive!: Criticism, Identity, Respect (Manifestos for the 21st Century)Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Finally Tim Harford in his Adapt also argues for turning away from grand vision experts, leaders and gurus to solve complex, unpredictable problems in today’s world. Instead he lays out evidence for bottom up, improvised, baby step, trial-and-error responses to making our world an even better place.

Adapting human nature for human pleasure? I’ll sail to that!  🙂

Captain Adapting Brady

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One Response to Sailing Dreaming & Summer Science Reading

  1. C-F says:

    Hey Brady! I love sailing too 😉
    Oh, and now I beat that NASA guy to the first comment. That’s an uncommon sight!
    Well, now there’s only one thing missing on this blog! Another post!
    C-F

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