Monday, June 30, 2014

Sometimes it takes a comedian to state the obvious

From Wikiquote (affiliated with Wikipedia, but a bit more difficult to seriously distort).

By comedian John Oliver:

"The world's become so horrifying now. It's too easy to become cynical about things and that's not fair and it doesn't work. And in fact, there is hope for the world. And it is in the form of Wikipedia. Now Wikipedia will save us all.

I found this out when recently a friend of mine emailed me and he said that someone had created a Wikipedia entry about me. I didn't realize this was true, so I looked it up. And like most Wikipedia entries, it came with some flamboyant surprises, not least amongst them my name. Because in it it said my name was John Cornelius Oliver. Now my middle name is not Cornelius because I did not die in 1752. But obviously, I wanted to be. Cornelius is an incredible name.

And that's when it hit me --the way the world is now, fiction has become more attractive than fact. That is why Wikipedia is such a vital resource. It's a way of us completely rewriting our history to give our children and our children's children a much better history to grow up with. We seem to have no intention of providing them with a future. Let's at least give them a past. It is in a very real sense the least we can do."

6 comments:

JBsptfn said...

Hey Dean, want some more comedy? You made the fabled Encyclopedia of American Loons:

Dean Radin: American Loons

I guess you feel proud (lol).

The person who does this seems to be some materialist atheist who categorizes anyone who doesn't think like they do as a loon.

They had an entry in Jan. 2014 about NDERF's Jeff and Jody Long. This person (G.D. is their username) called them Christian Fundamentalists because they have a pastor (John Price) whom they are affiliated with.

What the birdbrain doesn't realize is that Price isn't a fundy baptist-type preacher.

He came from a non-religious background, and almost went into engineering. He didn't even really believe in life after death when he became an Episcopal Priest in the Houston area about 50 years ago. NDE's changed that.

Dean Radin said...

I see that Michelle Bachmann and Glenn Beck are also on this exalted list. Strange bedfellows. Part of the price of fame, I suppose. :-)

Simon Fraser said...

I wonder if said author of "American Loons" has ever so much has glanced at the evidence, as well as the rationalwiki page, which he seems to have effectively copy pasted? On second thoughts, that's probably a rhetorical question.

Dean Radin said...

Glancing at evidence doesn't achieve much. It only encourages people to see what they want to see and ignore the rest.

Simon Fraser said...

"Glancing at evidence doesn't achieve much. It only encourages people to see what they want to see and ignore the rest"

Touche. I should perhaps rephrase that as "has he taken the time to closely examine the evidence to form an educated viewpoint?" Of which I'm guessing the answer would be a resounding no

JBsptfn said...

Glancing at evidence doesn't achieve much. It only encourages people to see what they want to see and ignore the rest.
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Dean,

This got me thinking about the mice study on NDE's from last year, and how they are trying to explain a surge before death for the phenomena.

Here are a few entries about that:

Michael Prescott-Oh Rats

Oh Rats Part 2

Skeptiko: Dumbest Explanation Yet for NDE