Tuesday, February 2, 2016

a brittle thing, too much UV radiation for its photoreactivity to tolerate

Still providing comedy, the Silent T Commentariat:

Bailey gets a free pass on the precautionary principle--because he wrote a book attacking it.

Nigel West Dickens no more attacked successfully this principle than his namesake asserted accurately his product's scientific benefits in Red Dead Redemption. That he needed an entire book to "attack" something so simple reflects his lack of scientific chops and a perversion by the enticements of profit and comfort and ease and luxury. QEFTSG again, eh Nige?

Again the parallels: progressive Marxist-lite Corey Robin needs a whole book to misunderstand what he's called "reactionary thinking", and likewise Nigel West Dickens of the Silent T, Ron Bailey, needs an entire tome to misunderstand the precautionary principle. Those who know no humility have no need for precaution. Science and technology will fix any mistakes we might make presently or might have made previously. It's just physics!

Precautions?  I assure you we use the most scientific of methods!


Chet Redweld said...

Nuclear reactors are the future, they're totally safe, nothing used in their construction is ecologically heinous, nothing created by them is dangerous -- it's energy, for Willy Wonka's sake! -- and, most certainly, they have no by-products or end products which any right-thinking, clearly-seeing person could imagine let alone perceive. Because they produce ENERGY!, all is forgiven. Including teratomas, lethal burns, melanomas, sarcomas, gliomas, genetic mods that pass down generations. Such things are fantasies created in that sector where people pretend to do science but actually are propagandists of and for fear. The so-called "Geiger Counter" was created actually by a guy named Geiger Inovurthyr, a well known 2d tier Joey Weil among those in the trade, who practiced techno-grift. All of the fears related to nuclear power are overplayed and oversold by doom merchants who want to keep humanity from forever progressing forward. Rest assured, they will raise arms and begin slitting throats if ever we should discuss openly our plan to merge with machines for eternal life. Let's keep it simple and just keep calling them fear puppets.

Chet Redweld said...

-- and, most certainly, they have no by-products

that should read

-- and, most certainly, they have no objectionable by-products

in this case, haste omitted waste rather than making it.

Chet Redweld said...

You can tell the Silent Ts are pretty much the A/V gang from jr high, and never have done any athletic work toward any far-off athletic goals. They're the ones who buy a $10k carbon "Pro spec" DH race bike without any prior bike riding skill development, and think it will save their ass on "Black Diamond" (etc etc) trails. Automatic genius, instant expert, always within reach of the smug fan of and true believer in progress. Real experts didn't learn incrementally with maybe a few broken bones or ripped ligaments in the process; they just had to get the right technology. Mistakes don't happen when you're learning and pushing beyond your present skills.

Paul Behrer said...

Bailey tried playing golf but after birdie-birdie-eagle-par-birdie-par-eagle-birdie-par on the front 9 at Carnoustie in a blustery wet day of 50degF and 30mph winds, he deemed it far too simple for a man of his talents. Next he moved to chess but after whipping all the Grand Masters in a day, and Big Blue in 15 minutes, declared that too as something beneath his immense talents. Currently he's writing a book on particle physics, which he promises to be more storylike than Lisa Randall's book and more technically accurate than Alan Guth's. In fact, given his immense talents, he's probably finished with the book and waiting on sleeve packaging options, meanwhile just spending his time discovering new profitable applications of White Lab Coat Approved processes to keep his keyboard tapping at the Silent T.

So don't speak of him not being familiar with work, and/or the inevitability of mistakes when mastering the task(s) involved in the work.

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

He's probably an ace at some video game version of whatever team sport contained the heroes of his jr high and high school days. And, in his own Nigel West Dickens way, smugly competitive in a way he isn't really in tune with at any depth.

"It's a dog-eat-dog world, ethics are for loser eggheads, profit is king and who doesn't want to be royal?"

You can just hear him saying that in his more candid moments at the keyboard, imagining himself having the courage to admit his driving impulses (to the extent he is aware of them) and further, thinking that 2-3 decades from now, people will be quoting him.

"Anything for a buck" might be a good bumper sticker/whatever for him to put at eye level in his workspace.