Category Archives: Philosophy

“Turtles, All The Way Down”

I was considering titling this post “How the Internet makes you stupid“.

I’ve noticed a phenomenon that is more and more prevalent in our “modern”, or as the young would say, “enlightened and progressive” society. This phenomenon is the almost instantaneous adoption by a large group of people, an idea that is patently absurd.

One of the latest ideas gaining traction is the Flat Earth view of planets. The flat-earthers believe that the Earth and for that matter all planets are disk shaped and not spherical.  I’ve known about the Flat Earth Society which I always assumed was just a group formed to have an excuse to meet and drink beer.  I did not realize that some low intelligence people actually believe this tripe.  Some folks started the argument that all of the NASA photographs are fake and it’s a huge government cover-up that the Earth is not a sphere, but is in reality a disk. Not sure what holds up the disk in the loons’ view of the world, but the in old mythology they used to say the disk was supported on the back of a turtle. When asked what the turtle was standing on, the answer was another turtle, and another, and another. “Turtles all the way down“.

What seems to happen is one or a few loons will categorically state that “someone’s” uncle who worked at NASA said the government is covering up the “FACT” that the Earth is flat. The Internet “crowd” piles onto this “FACT” and using google, all looking at the same FALSE information, CONCLUDE the “FACT” is true.  Then the Internet/Tweeties/Face-paging low intelligence crowd makes up all sorts of justifications to validate their belief that the Earth (and all the planets) are in fact just flat disks. One example of this is the question of why we never see the “backside” of the moon. The flat-minded google inspired simpletons say it’s because it’s a disk which I assume they believe must also be on a turtle.

Never mind that the Greek, Eratosthenes, determined the circumference of the Earth and its axial tilt by simple observation, around 250 B.C. I suspect that educators don’t teach this sort of history in elementary school in our “enlightened” times. How much could an old whitish Greek guy without a Tweetie account with at least a million followers and no reality TV show, know?

Setting aside that we now have groups of ignorant young people who believe the Flat Earth model, what is most astounding is how fast and widespread disinformation propagates in our “modern, enlightened, and progressive” society. With the advent of the Internet (Al Gore’s wacky invention) and all of the “social media” which billions of people access, one person, usually a celebrity who has millions of devotees, can adopt a stupid stance and a large number of followers will faithfully believe that idea, without questioning its validity.  This becomes the group’s ground TRUTH.

Another example of this phenomenon is the “Anti-vaxxer” movement.  Young parents refuse to vaccinate their children because they believe that vaccinations lead to autism.  This is all based on ONE case, which was PROVEN FALSE, in Australia.  Several celebrities took on the anti-vaccination position and boom, a movement was born, all based on FALSE information.  Even lunatic former presidential candidate and Harvard trained physician, Jill Stein, took up the crusade against vaccinations.  What this movement WILL ACCOMPLISH is to allow diseases such as polio which were eradicated in our country, to re-emerge as a health threat.  Currently the CDC has a level-2 warning about travel to certain regions of the world because travelers may come into contact with the polio virus and potentially bring it back to our country which now has a population of unvaccinated children.  Thank you Al Gore and your Internet.

It’s a very cult like behavior.

The idolizing followers, accept without any critical thought the views of their digital gurus. I believe that the young people of our world who have been raised with the Internet as their primary source of information are the most susceptible to this influence. Talk about mindless lemmings.

I hope the turtles don’t get tired of standing on top of each other.

I Guess I’m Sexist

President Obama was chastising men in his speech yesterday. He said that men need to get over their male dominance and bias, and vote for Hillybob. He opined, “I want every man out there who’s voting to kinda look inside yourself and ask yourself, if you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is that we’re just not used to it?”

Michael Moore, the communist film maker echoed a similar opinion, He said men need to give up the 10,000 years of control and let a woman lead.

“Just not used to it”?  10,000 years of only men running countries? Ummm, maybe I’m not much of a historian, but isn’t Angela Merkel running Germany? Wasn’t Margaret Thatcher the Prime Minister of The United Kingdom? Didn’t Golda Meir do a couple of piddly tasks in Israel?

Oh and what about in the 1400s, wasn’t there a young woman named Joan of Arc who led the French Army to victory over the invading English?

As the ‘Most Enlightened Man In The World’, doesn’t President Obama recognize the leadership of women throughout history?  Why is that not considered sexist?  Has he never thought, folks don’t want to vote for Hillybob because of what she’s done (and not done) and what she stands for, and not the fact that she has ovaries?

I guess we Neanderthals would never let the RIGHT woman lead a country.  Now back to my beer and scratching my crotch.  What channel is NASCAR on?

Backup Plans

When I was working in the corporate world I led a new product development team.  During the course of developing a product for an “unnamed” customer we had a new Program Manager (PM) named Gary, assigned to our team.  I had known Gary, from a previous life when I was working as a software consultant many years ago.

I brought Gary up to speed as to where we were and what the plan of execution was. After giving the lay of the land to PM-Gary he asked me a question that almost every PM asks, “What’s your backup plan?”.

“Backup plans are for losers”, is what I told him.

I almost laughed at the shocked look on his face. I doubt anyone ever said that to him before.  I will tell you that I stand behind my statement. As I explained to Gary, if I didn’t think my plan was going to succeed I wouldn’t be executing that plan. My goal was and is success and failure is not an option.  My advice is,  “Plan for success.  Don’t plan for failure”.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, how you envision your goal is how you will execute it.  If you have a backup plan, you are giving yourself an option to fail and you will most likely fail.  If you envision success, you’re on the path to success.  This is not to sound Pollyanna about progress.  Projects and plans will fail.  Course corrections (pivots as they are called) will occur.  In many cases the plan will radically alter during the course of execution.  However, no matter what happens, your mindset needs to be success.

Gary had my statement “Backup plans are for losers” written on the top of his office whiteboard.  It was still up there when I left the company.