BBC Newsnight article on the role of the UK government/military in promoting the scam bomb detectors. If the claims are true, I have no qualms in stating that those involved in promoting these devices are morally decrepit, incompetent and evil.
Interesting talk from Michael Shermer on “The pattern behind self-deception” and explains the concept of “agenticity”.
(although I think that the lipstick segment at the end wasn’t needed and is just a distraction to the main ideas in the talk)
Shermer goes on:
Agenticity – The tendency to infuse patterns with meaning, intention, and agency, often invisible beings & from the top down.
This can explain “souls, spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers, government conspiracies, and all manner of invisible agents with power and intention are believed to haunt our world and control our lives”.
Shermer’s own blog skepticblog has a companion article also titled the same “The pattern behind self deception”.
This is so funny! I loved the comment “…push the paranoid and mentally unstable into a state of crisis”.
The house of cards that the banks built on the endless cycle of increasing debt to fuel growth has collapsed. With the current economic crises, times are rough. Despite people working longer hours, working harder hours, businesses are going under. Jobs are being lost.
However, with initiatives from the governments with their huge investments in aid using taxpayers’ money there is hope that the collapse can be softened, and a roadmap to recovery can be planned. But we’re not there yet.
So it came as a bit of a surprise to many that the Northern Rock bank, relying on £30bn from the British government, recently gave its employees huge pay increases and Christmas bonuses. If you are a Northern Rock employee I bet you believe that you deserved every single penny. Fair enough, well done to you. But there is something very wrong about this, something immoral.
And of course we had the situation of Wall Street bankers awarding themselves $20bn bonuses despite $700bn of US taxpayers’ money being given to them. President Obama, give them hell.