Belief and Doubt


I. Edward Harrison, prof. of Physics and Astronomy at U. of Massachusetts, 1987

After reading Professor Harrison’s article I was confused. Not in the lack of understanding confusion, but the “now what?” mind set. The main points that jumped out at me were, 1) “Unfailingly, human beings pity their ancestors for being so ignorant and forget that their descendants will pity them for the same reason”, 2) “That our boundless ignorance explains why we feel so confident of success in bounded knowledge? That each discovery creates in the long run more mystery than it solves”? and 3) “the thought that the creative mind fashions the world in which we live. For it means that the mind and reality are more profound than we normally suppose”.

The first point about pitying ancestors for being ignorant really hit me. I must admit I thought I had an advantage over my ancestors all the endless information and knowledge I have access to. This reminded me that with this endless information, not only is there an overload of possibly ‘questionable’ information but also brainwashing. Even though modern society could be considered more technologically advanced and united, even people back in previous centuries were content with their lives because what they didn’t know didn’t hurt them. In a sense knowledge doesn’t necessary hinder ones life but somewhat complicates it.

The second point that every discovery furthers the mystery is worrying to an extent. At the current moment, we have discovered so many cures, technology and systems and we could be considered comfortable with all these innovations. But then again, if we have been able to find all these new things, what else haven’t we discovered. Well, the answer is ALOT! We must not assume that we know everything because the fact is you are probably as ignorant as you were two years ago. In all conclusion, we never stop learning and the moment we accept the knowledge we have collected, is the moment we have become completely ignorant.

The last point is that society is the most creative that we’ve ever been able to be. Since there is so much technology open to almost everyone, almost anyone can be an artist. With things more efficient and time not being a problem, people are capable of being more creative and inventing new things. Knowledge doesn’t necessarily function creativity but technology allows there to be more time for creativity.

II. Climate Reality Project PSA

This video is about the power industry and scientists have over the mass population. It’s scary to think that people may be selfish beings who rather risk their own kind to gain financial riches. Companies rather lie to the people just to be rich and successful even though they know they are slowly killing their own kind? Also, in the video it mentions that some authorities claim there is no found information thus there can be no action to be taken even though they do know. All this withheld information bothers me and makes me wonder are we really that selfish and materialistic? Maybe having authorities and professionals are useless nowadays. Who can we trust for valid and truthful information?

III.  Advertisements

This advertisement is not like the typical boring drug prescription commercial because it takes a humorous approach. Since the voice is monotone and is consistent throughout the video, the action on the screen is whats drawing the consumer audience’s attention. The cautious side effects are also slipped into the middle of the video which is purposely placed to not be as memorable as the funny doctor drilling in the street. Ads are suppose to sell using strategies to convince the audience to buy their products.

IV. Climate Change on Twitter

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This tweet is from the MPP Marijuana Policy who is a project working to end the governments war on marijuana users. They hyperlinked an article about how Marijuana is safer than alcohol which is trying to make marijuana look less harmful. The source is biased.


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