Wikiholes

Mar. 16th, 2011 09:19 pm
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Listening to the Golden Record that went up with Voyager. Reading the wiki about it, I'm surprised and not surprised that when Pioneer went up in 1977, there was a lot of criticism of NASA for including nude line drawings of a man and a woman. Seriously? To avoid controversy, they only included silhouettes of a man and a woman along with separate anatomical diagrams of the various body systems. How deep does the shame go, folks?

I'm becoming slightly obsessed with wikipedia, somehow justifying it as short attention span trivia cramming. I have been on one game show already, without really meaning to, and now I want to do it again. Only this time, I want Jeopardy.

The thing I just can't ignore as I delve into the wikiverse, is the overarching theme of religious ideological oppression throughout history. We're struggling against the mentality of the dark ages even today. I read a lot about science and scientists, and I often end up frustrated by the reality that our progress as a species has been systematically retarded by superstitious zealots.

I'm an atheist, a humanist, a rational believer in exploration through science. I live in a place where that statement is basis for offense to most of the people around me. I live in the same county as the Creation Museum. If you haven't heard of it, you're lucky, but let me give you a clue. It's not about the Big Bang, and there's a statue of Jesus riding a dinosaur. I shit you not. Take me away from this awful place.
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