Archive for the ‘Cartoons’ Category

How long can they put their heads in the sand?

November 12, 2017

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Source: Real News Network.

“Reality,” according to the SF writer Philip K. Dick, “is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

“You can ignore reality,” the philosopher Ayn Rand reportedly said, “but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

How long can members of the Trump administration ignore the reality of climate change?

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Opening the mail

October 24, 2017

I came across this on the naked capitalism web log and, like Lambert Strether, I’m not completely sure this is a genuine Bill Watterson cartoon.   But it sure captures how I feel when I open my afternoon mail.

The joys of retirement

October 14, 2017

The quest for perfection

September 30, 2017

Source: Incidental Comics.

The new normal 2017

August 2, 2017

Click to enlarge.   Source: Tom Tomorrow.

On the other hand, read What Trump Is Quietly Accomplishing by David A. Graham for The Atlantic.

The genius of Hayao Miyazaki

June 17, 2017

I love the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli.   These videos give an idea of his genius as an animator.  But you would have to see the movies to appreciate his genius as a storyteller.

I read that he is coming out of retirement—or that his previous “retirement” announcement was misunderstood.  This is good news.

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Survivorship bias

May 5, 2017

Source: xkcd

Click on XKCD for more cartoons and drawings by Randall Munroe.

Astronaut vandalism

April 3, 2017

Source: xkcd

Half full or half empty?

February 19, 2017

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The mind-body problem hotline

December 18, 2016

Source: xkcd: Trapped

A really frightening trick-or-treater

October 31, 2016

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Source: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

What I think about Donald Trump

September 21, 2016

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Source: Joel Pett, Lexington (Ky) Herald-Leader.

A graphic history of global climate change

September 14, 2016

Source: xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline

How much of success is due to luck?

June 26, 2016

I posted an earlier version of this on July 19, 2013
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I think the vast majority of highly successful people have talent and grit.  But not everybody with talent and grit succeeds.

Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”  Somebody else said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”  Both sayings are true.  Both sayings also recognize the element of chance.

We Americans admire successful risk-takers and think they should be rewarded.  The reason we do that is that, by definition, most risk-takers fail.

LINK

Why Americans Ignore How Luck Affects Everything by Jesse Singal for Science of Everything.

Violence has no place in politics

June 10, 2016

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Via Ted Rall’s Rallblog.

How high is up?

June 4, 2016

Source: xkcd: Height

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Abortion rights and Planned Parenthood

May 29, 2016

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Source: Ampersand.

A dialogue on morality

April 14, 2016

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Do we need to believe in fairies?

April 10, 2016

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Source: Calamities of Nature.

Our eight-legged friends

March 19, 2016

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I set out ant and roach traps, but I never interfere with spiders, except maybe to brush away an overly conspicuous cobweb.  Spiders catch and eat bugs I want to get rid of, so why should I treat them as nuisances.  It would be as foolish the United States government picking fights with countries that are  fighting ISIS and Al Qaeda.

So I enjoyed reading An Open Letter From a Spider to All Humans Everywhere and maybe you will, too.  (Hat tip for the link to Mike the Mad Biologist)

The feminist case for Hillary Clinton

February 23, 2016

blackpresidentfeministargument.tedrallSource: Ted Rall.

The hierarchies of knowledge

February 21, 2016

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I lifted these two cartoons from the Biology vs. Theoretical Physics post on the Sans Science web log, which is now private.

The top cartoon is, of course, from Randall Munroe’s xkcd series.

The problem with reductionism

February 21, 2016

nontrivial_subfieldSource: Abstruse Goose.

How should you tell the temperature?

February 16, 2016

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Source: xkcd

Love and weirdness

February 14, 2016

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