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Selected Thoughts On Mass Shootings

Mandalay Bay This is the Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino, as seen from Las Vegas Blvd in early 2009 (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) Like you, I’m tired of talking about it. “Mass shootings”. “Lone Wolf”. “Gun Control”. All of it. More accurately, I’m tired of hearing the same old lines. From everyone.[…]

What Would It Take To Convince Me?

Hell Is Hot A one-woman religious march in Seminole, Oklahoma, used this sign, assuring viewers that “Hell Is Hot”, accompanied by stick-figure drawings of people burning in Hell. (Copyright © 2003 by Wil C. Fry.) A question often posed to atheists is: “What would it take to convince you God is real?” It’s asked so[…]

The Elusive Definition Of ‘Life’

Ever since we humans developed language, certain words have had exact and universal definitions. But other words… not so much. Perhaps strangely, some of the most important words/concepts have been the most difficult to define. Dead As Dirt This patch of dried mud looks entirely dead. However, a microscope would reveal that it’s teeming with[…]

Are Humans A Superior Species?

Here’s a question I found in a Facebook forum recently: Why Nature Choosed? English almost certainly isn’t the questioner’s first language, so I’m only considering the underlying assumptions in the question(s). Why nature choosed humans to be superior . . . ? Why not cats, whales, or eagles to lead . . . ? English[…]

Austin’s March For Science (UPDATED)

I Have Arrived Upon my arrival at the Texas Capitol on Saturday morning, I snapped a rare selfie to document my appearance at the event. (Copyright © 2017 by Wil C. Fry.) On Earth Day 2017, I attended the March For Science in Austin, Texas — the closest of about 600 worldwide satellite marches (the[…]

13 More Christian Questions

Categories: Evolution, Personal, Religion
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Published on: 2017.03.03

The definition of atheist is straightforward. In November, I responded to “10” (turned out to be 12) questions that a Christian supposedly posed to atheists. Today, I ran across another list. In case the Christians in my life have similar questions in mind but are unwilling to ask them, I post my answers here:

Science Survey Results

Categories: Personal, Science, Technology
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Published on: 2016.12.10

Again, thank you to everyone who participated in my short “Science Survey”. This time I got 22 responses, one more than my previous survey on religion. These results didn’t surprise me as much as the previous ones, perhaps because I went into it with fewer expectations (and therefore fewer incorrect assumptions). Before I reveal the[…]

Survey Results: Surprising?

Thank you to everyone who participated in my short, non-scientific survey. Here are the results, which surprised me somewhat — the entire reason I conducted the survey was to either support or correct my assumptions about those who follow me on social media. I asked five simple questions relating to the underlying perspectives through which[…]

Short Survey, Please [Closed]

Click here to take the survey Though I’m pretty sure I already know most of my blog readers’ beliefs, I am trying to get a more complete picture of my social media circle’s positions on a few questions — just out of curiosity. If you have 10 seconds, please answer the five questions on this[…]

Asgardia Discussion Proves We’re Not Ready For Globalism Just Yet

Screenshot confirming my registration for Asgardia If you haven’t yet heard of Asgardia, you’re not alone. But as of this writing, more than 500,000 Earthlings have registered to become citizens of the new space-based nation. I’m one of them. I registered as a lark, not because I’m ready to leave the planet’s surface any time[…]

I Just Realized Earth’s Orbit Is Not Elliptical

(This one won’t look good on mobile platforms, at least in my tests. I apologize for that, but can’t think of a good way to fix it. If you’re viewing this on a phone, scroll past the long vertical image to see the text.) Earth’s position in the Universe View larger (2953 x 23,624 —[…]

UPDATE: August 2016: Warmest Month Ever Recorded

Instead of continuing to fill my blog’s database with new entries, I’m just going to update this old one. Annual global temperatures; each line indicates a year, spanning 1880-2016 Click here to see it full size (NASA/Gavin Schmidt) NASA’s global temperature average dataset was released a couple of days ago; it shows that August 2016[…]

May 2016: Warmest On Record

2016 is set to outpace previous years Click here to see it full size (Image source: Climate Central) Another month, another record for global temperatures. This is not going away any time soon. May 2016 was the warmest May on record, the latest in a string of many record-breaking months. “So far this year every[…]

April 2016: Warmest On Record

Click here to see it full size Do these posts sound repetitive yet? Repetitive enough that you just skim past them? That’s fine. I’m not writing for you; I’m posting for that hypothetical one person who might still be on the fence about all this, who wonders about it. Most people won’t change their opinions[…]

March 2016: Warmest Ever

A small pool of water in an otherwise arid climate. Llano County, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   According to data just released by NASA, March 2016 was the hottest March on record, breaking the record set just last year (or March 2010, depending on which dataset one uses).[…]

February 2016: Warmest On Record

February temperatures in Killeen, Texas, over the past seven years (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Not only was February 2016 the warmest February on record, but it was the most abnormally warm of any month on record, according to both NASA and a European climate group. “Averaging over twelve-month periods, which further smooths[…]

Dear People Of The Future

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Published on: 2016.03.02

Dear future humans (or whatever sentient earthlings call themselves in your time): Hello from 2016! Congratulations on still existing. I assume you’re thankful that the generation before mine didn’t launch the thousands of ICBMs they built. Naturally, I wonder what advances you’ve made, and whether only the richest and most powerful among you enjoy them[…]

January 2016: Warmest On Record

See full size image Source: NASA “January 2016 was not only Earth’s warmest January on record, but also featured the largest warm departure from average for any month, according to two separate analyses released this week.” Source: The Weather Channel “Scientists confirmed Wednesday that last month was the warmest January since records began, continuing a[…]

November 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, Science
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Published on: 2015.12.15

So the Earth isn’t warming, you say? It’s been on “hiatus”, you say? November 2015 was the warmest November on record. It’s now all but certain that 2015 will eclipse 2014 as the warmest year on record. And this is while we continue to pump 40 billion tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere every year,[…]

October 2015: Warmest On Record

Categories: Environment, InTheNews, Science
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Published on: 2015.11.18

Notes Around The World Click to view larger (Image courtesy of NOAA) According to the NOAA, October 2015 was not only the warmest October on record, globally, but the “greatest above-average departure from average for any month”. The previous record was set in October 2014. Additionally, the January-October average is the highest on record, surpassing[…]

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