How do we know the Sun is made up of Hydrogen?

Extracted from a small discussion I had on why Vedic literature can be wrong12. I was asked why I don't believe in religion when I believe the Sun is made up of hydrogen and helium? In both cases, I am trusting some authority because I don't have the proof to see for myself. Of course what was written in book is not a proof but do you even have the eyes to observe the reality? We already gave you the fact but still you are trying to say written things is not a proof. So what is the definition o…

Authority, Opinions and Truth

One of the great commandments of science is, “Mistrust arguments from authority.” Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else. -- Carl Sagan Experts are more likely to be right than non-experts but they can be wrong, they can also believe in bullshit. They can make a personal assessment or express an opinion. Not everything a scientist speaks in scientific statements. Not everything they speak should not be taken at face…

Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship, or any kind of media censorship for that matter should be avoided. Someone trying to speak something, be it fact, informed or uninformed opinion, should not be stopped. Even the flat earth theory should have its basis and should be allowed to exist on internet. What should be done is that pointing the viewers towards two or more opposing ideas to the topic so that the viewers can make an informed decision for themselves. Show opposing and contrasting topics and opinions on t…

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

While watching "The Newsroom", S01E09, there came a reference of this poem and I looked it up immediately. The poem itself is quite inspiring and more is the theme of the poem, carpe diem, sieze the day. The Poem Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today To-morrow will be dying. The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, The higher he's a-getting, The sooner will his race be run, And nearer he&#3…

Transfer Earning and Reset

I am trying to understand politics, power and how it is affecting me personally and the population generally. I was always taught that politics is a bad game and always stay away from it(a tribute to my parents). But now realize that politics is an integral part of society. Society is what gave birth to politics and one can't exist without the other. I consider myself a total noob in these matters and have recently started noticing some patterns in the society which I try to write down. Please …

Synopsis 2029

A few predictions for 2029. Energy and Environment With unprecedented increase in global warming, reluctance of people to change12, let alone understand and acknowledge global warming and environmental change and many anti-intellectual, anti-science government policies3, scientists will be the one stepping up to the challenge of global warming and will have built many experimental nuclear reactors but the economic efficiency of the reactors will not be viable4. Communication and Connectivity All…

Impulse, Emotions and Thinking

Our life is mostly on autopilot, jumping into conclusions too soon, too often. Our mind always tries to save energy. In the pre-industrial era, that made sense. We can produce as much food as we can eat, why does our brain still try to reduce the energy consumption? The scarcity mindset is deep-wired in our mind to let go. Critical thinking happens in the cerebrum, cerebellum acts as autopilot whereas limbic system sits between cerebrum and cerebellum and augments cerebellum to form the hind-bra…