rhetoric of science

We, bound and driven by the temporality of our flesh, chased and often haunted by the ticking of the clock; the gnawing insecurities surrounding our existential significance. We, seeking answers and tentatively finding them in God, or in the cold rhetoric of science. Never truly knowing what we are trying to hush, until that moment. That blissful moment when it is hushed entirely.
—  You are everlasting love (excerpt), by M.A. Tempels © 2016
INTP stereotypes that INTP doesn’t conform to.

I am not good at math, but I really enjoy doing math.

I cannot reprogram your computer, but I can probably fix most basic problems.

I don’t play video games, they bore the crap out of me. I don’t understand why I would play on a console inside when I could be out in nature alone.

I want a mysterious mystique, but I am pretty predictable.

I wouldn’t say I am anti-social, I just have severe social anxiety and no trust in my social skills what-so-ever. For some reason though being anti-social is more acceptable in society, so I just cover my anxieties with anti-social rhetoric.

I am not totally science minded, I am creative in a lot of ways. This creativity shows in philosophy, political science and humor. Just because these aren’t traditional avenues to pursue creativity doesn’t mean I am not creative.

I am not detached from the world around me, I may not be paying attention, but I am deeply connected with nature and the natural world. You won’t see this in an office or at school though, and you will likely think I am not paying attention to details, but I am, just the details you look at aren’t the details I find important.

The picture that science presents to us is, in some sense, uncomfortable. We evolved as human beings a few million years ago on the savannah’s in Africa and we evolved to escape tigers, or lions, or predators. What makes sense to us is the world on our scale…we didn’t evolve to understand quantum mechanics.

Lawrence M. Krauss | theoretical physicist and cosmologist; Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University

To accompany this quote from Professor Krauss, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins describes science as “the poetry of reality.” But not everyone feels this way, or understands science enough in a general sense to appreciate the patient researchers who - through the arduous process of the scientific method - are hindered by the anti-science rhetoric being perpetuated by those outside of the very process of research and discovery itself. 

Join us tonight at 8:30PM EST, as we discuss the importance of science literacy and skepticism on Episode 9 of #Ponderlust.