Quickly Killing An Anti-Tolerance Meme

There’s that meme that says it’s hypocritical to be intolerant of intolerance.

I suspect that meme can be countered by a similar short and sweet meme:  no one says it’s hypocritical to shoot someone who is on a shooting spree.

(In fact I suspect a large percentage of people who repeat that anti-tolerance meme are highly in favor of being able to shoot such shooters.  Thus, they are the ones being hypocritical, because the situations are actually analogous)

Epic Humanism For Calgary

My mind is starting to frequently wander into dreamer territory again.  So I might as well write it all down!

Keep in mind these are daydreams that aren’t yet totally well informed (especially the more extravagant parts).  As such they are filed into a subset of my “Art” category.

So I’ve been thinking that I really want to focus on improving my local city.  There’s a lot of reasons for that.  It’s an important city in the world, it’s where I live and thus have the most access to and influence over, I suspect it would be easier and more effective than focusing on a wider area, and if my efforts are successful, people should be able to copy them into a different city, like a sort of movement.

I’m really annoyed that the people who should already be doing this are not doing it.  The University of Calgary Freethinkers and CFI Calgary don’t seem to care much about issues in Calgary or Alberta.  Why the hell isn’t the local Freethinkers club dedicated to thinking through local problems?  I scroll through their twitter and don’t see anything that identifies them as Albertan or Calgarian or Canadian except for the name.  It’s all a bunch of talk about Trump and ISIS and Gamergate, all this really far away stuff.  They are totally generic.  What is the point of their existence?  Everyone can follow Pharyngula and get all of that stuff already.

While trying to find more like-minded people, I recently found Resolve, which is a thing in Calgary that aims to eliminate homelessness completely.  It takes donations from rich people and makes affordable housing for poorer people, and I’m sure that helps a lot but I don’t think it’s complete enough.  I think completely eliminating homelessness would require an economically self-sustaining system (which means requiring basically no charity at all once it gets started.  This could involve worker owned businesses,  an organized community, and might require lots of other stuff).  Still, I’d like to learn more about them and get involved with them.

Also Calgary as a whole needs an infusion of critical thinking skills, Humanist values, and stuff like that (this is another bare-minimum thing you’d think the local Humanist groups should be doing.  The U of C freethinkers twitter could maybe be categorized as a small dose of this, but I don’t see any effort directed to change Calgarians, they’re lucky if any locals outside their bubble even know they exist).  Instead of just trying to be the “most affordable” city in the world or the “nicest place to live” in the world, how about we try to be the wisest place in the world?  And the most well organized, socially connected, and civically engaged?

 

Decorative Science

I like a lot of neat visual treats like aquariums and terrariums and indoor waterfalls.

But another idea I’ve had would be more like a decorative demonstration of physics or something.

One idea was a table top (perhaps at a restaurant) which had a thin amount of liquid under glass and would show some kind of flow visualization.  Flow visualizations are kinda neat (here’s a hexagon flow), and people would enjoy looking at them.  More ideas could come from Schlieren Optics, and here’s something trippy you can do with high frequency strobe lights to demonstrate the acceleration of gravity or make neat patterns.

I’m sure I could find tons of other things besides flowing liquids, such as stuff with magnets, unusual gear systems, and instead of simple things, they could be more complex and meaningful.  But you get the idea.

Another Quick Thought

Just re-watching Richard Carrier’s talk Is Philosophy Stupid? again.  I think the implication is that we need a “philosophy revolution” the same way we had a “scientific revolution” back in the 1700s.

Also, I personally think we similarly need an “art revolution”!  ^^

Art could get far more advanced than it generally is currently.  Part of that is the lack of systemic vision.  Currently there is a very unorganized art world where experiments or prototypes are treated as finished products.  Also too much incomprehensible or meaningless art.  Plus I think there’s a bit of an epidemic of making art that is just making a little commentary on some other piece of art/aspect of the art world.

People need to view doing art as a kind of engineering.  It can go as far and as advanced as the engineering that goes into stealth fighter planes or whatever.  And I also think there needs to be more scientific study into how to make good art, and artists need to be more connected to that knowledge.

Ok I’ll end this here before it becomes a longer rant…

A Quick Idea Before I Forget

A website (powered by an artificial intelligence probably) that takes your goals or requests and creates various plans of action for you to take to achieve them. Has a vast knowledge of tools and resources to help you (such as the Swapdom website, kijiji, kickstarter, and who knows what else)…Google should really be doing something like this, because they have the resources and they are already well known. So many of these useful resources are unknown, which is one problem this website needs to solve.

Of course less advanced versions of this idea could be made much sooner (without so much fancy artificial intelligence, etc.).  It would basically just be a well organized library of such useful stuff.  And, of course, Google search is already a sort of version of this.  But not good enough.