I made a thing about The Wizard of Oz, and monetary policy, and the American West, and the problem of context. I made a thing about a lot of things.
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” brings science to TV in glorious fashion, even if Neil deGrasse Tyson and the show mess up the history a little.
While I like the new ‘Cosmos’ with Neil deGrasse Tyson, I was really disappointed in the sloppy history in the episode with respect to Giordano Bruno. You can’t misrepresent history just to provoke this tired narrative that the Catholic church and the inquisition were all about repressing scientists. It’s a total misrepresentation of what actually happened, and it weakens the real history and science in the episode.
"The tradition of cinema is dominated by films about good versus evil, ‘good guys’ fighting ‘bad guys.’ But good guys and bad guys only exist in stories. In reality, every act of evil in history has been committed by human beings like us. When we make the leap from ‘a human being who commits evil’ to ‘an evil human being,’ we denounce an entire life, a whole person. I think we take pleasure in denouncing people. Perhaps because, in doing so, in feeling entitled to make the denunciation, we reassure ourselves that we are different, that we are good. In The Act of Killing, I ask you to see a part of yourself in Anwar, a man who has killed perhaps 1,000 people.”
"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
Apparently Lara Croft is not a woman. These numbers here are a bit off, but click these links for some really interesting demographic information on videogames if that interests you.
Thanks anon! I like you.
I made one of those video blog things all the kids are talking about on the rad social experiment Twitch Plays Pokemon which I haven’t been obsessively following for several days.
Today is Copernicus’s 541st birthday. You may remember Copernicus as the man who said “Hey, what if the Earth went around the sun?” To which the Catholic Church replied “Hey, what if we set you on fire?”
The Catholic Church wasn’t so much in the business of setting astronomers on fire (Although that did sometimes happen as in the case of Giordano Bruno by secular authorities after trials by the Catholic inquisition) but some historians do argue that fear of reprisal by the church was part of the reason Copernicus delayed the publication of his theory for so long, which arguably did set astronomy back several years.