Friday, March 30, 2007

Random thought for the day: "Correlation is not proof of causation"

It really bothers me when people neglect to consider that rather simple concept. In fact, some people seem to go to great convoluted lengths of reasoning and (il)logic to dance around it complete without touching it.

"Terrorists attacked America... because we don't put to death the 'abominations' that live among us, as the old testament would have us do!"

Sigh. Whatever.

"It's stupid people that believe moronic crap like that, that re-elect a morally bankrupt administration to 'lead' this country straight into debt, disgrace and disenfranchisement."

It's all their fault!

If they don't need to prove causality... then neither do I. Right?

Okay, okay. Yes, I do. I wouldn't be able to live with myself otherwise.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Debt and Taxes

So.... I was just taking the scenic route home after having my taxes done... the back route, down quiet streets, because my head was (is) still reeling after finding out I owe a few multiples of what I expected. A nice friendly officer saw I was a little distracted and very politely pulled me over to tell me so. Ooops.

Money. It's only money.
A little more.. a little less... meh, whatever.
What I really hate... is paperwork.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Honest and True?

Some inane wordplaythought for today.

"Data" and "Facts" exist aplenty. Books can have facts... but that
doesn't make them knowledgable or intelligent.

"Information" and "Intelligence" are a bit more elusive and come
from studying how data and facts relate to each other.

"Knowledge", and "Truth" comes from seeing how information
and intelligence pertains to one's self and the world around us.
The closer to reality one's knowledge is, the more "True" it becomes.

"Truths" that pertain to things which cannot be seen, touched
measured, tested, interpreted etc... is nothing more than "Hope".
(at least I hope that's right)

"Wisdom" is the result when one's truths become themselves "true"
or aligned with reality in ways that are relevant and non-contradictory.

Too many people get wrapped up in calling flat dogma as "Truth"
and ignore the process of becoming wise. To reject intelligence,
(the steady gathering of data and information from reality) and
embrace someone else's "Hopes" despite lack of, or contradictory
evidence... is not "Wise". What it is, is "Foolish".

This flat dogma is my truth. Don't be a fool, go find your own.