A site’s first post can matter the most in the beginning, while also the least in the long term.

On the one hand, it feels essential to the author to make an impact right out of the gate. On the other, as you continue to work with the hopes of providing quality content, from a traffic perspective, a fraction of the readership will ever see this one.

I wrote out ideas, wrote a few more, then scratched them all out. To jump out of the gate, I thought of the most clever things I’ve learned in this recent journey.

Razzle dazzle! That’ll hook ’em.

None of it felt right, and none of the ideas outlined a proper beginning. Most of them gave the impression of jumping right into a double-dutch of information without context.

And so!

What made the most sense was… Why?

So we go, Why?

Whether it occurs to you daily, or maybe never, you live in a world built on science and technology.

Not just modern tech like smartphones, GPS, AI research and Tony Stark’s nanobots. Technology is built into ancient agriculture. Science is there when you look up, and see the moon and stars.

There’s no escaping it unless your choice is simply to ignore it.

Ignoring the fundamentals of the world around us should not be an option, but it is currently employed with top salary and benefits.

That’s the why. We live in a world of science and technology, yet so few of us really want to dig in and understand how any of this shit even works.

As soon as we stop caring about how the gears fit, we pass off our future decisions to others.

These others cannot be guaranteed to act in good faith. We have corporations and politicians directing our future, barely holding a cursory understanding of the technologies they regulate, armed to the teeth with conflict of interest.

Science, technology and the understanding of our world should not be centralized.

Not all of us are blessed with mathematical minds that can pursue higher-level thinking as a career, but we can all certainly do better to educate ourselves on the fundamentals.

Our ol’ boy Carl Sagan said, “Science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking. A way of skeptically examining the universe and the world around us.”

This is a critical thought that has been missed by margins lately. Much discourse online is either pro-science, anti-science, or even a misstepped juke towards pseudo-science.

Science is not static, bound forever to what is currently known. It’s a pursuit of what can be known.

Trial, error, rigorous process.

If a position was off but followed the process, we don’t burn witches. We learn and move forward.

Failures breed future.

The earth was flat. Then it was a sphere at the center of the universe. The sun rotated around us — until it didn’t.

Be skeptical because knowledge will change and grow, but be healthy with your skepticism.

A healthy skepticism of the world around you built on knowledge is productive. If you become skeptical for the sake of disbelief, you are the joker falling into a vat of toxic waste.

Praising skepticism without boundary or granular examination risks affirming currently rampant belief systems: authority has no authority.

With the speed of information, you can now theorize and disseminate information without scrutiny simply to buck authority.

As the saying goes, “A lie makes it twice around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”

Science matters. Skepticism matters. Method matters. Understand the world around you to the best of your ability, and you’ll be less likely to allow others to tell you how it works.

Finally. Here we go, Science, Again!

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

You can hardly believe: Written in 1995

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

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