Maybe I’m not too bad at this blogging thing after all. :)
I hate moving. I’ve moved 6 times in as many years, and it seems to get more annoying each time.
And here I am preparing to move again. The apartment I have now has grown to small, and I need to go out and find some more space.
That being said, I will be pretty busy the next few weeks. Gotta find the apartment, pack up all our stuff, move it. Guuuuuhhhhh.
Anyone have a pick up truck I can borrow?
So you may notice I’m only posting a couple of times a week for the next little while. Hopefully by mid-November I will be back to full form. I won’t be going away completely, but posts will be limited.
So don’t go deleting your Google Reader subscriptions just yet :)
I’m not even sure what that means, but I don’t imagine it is complimentary. It’s also the first openly hostile comment I’ve gotten on my blog, so I figured I’d share my thoughts on it.
The comment appeared on my post called: “Sorry Creationists, Radiometric Dating Still Works”. The post had to do with the recent stories in the news about neutrinos possibly affecting the decay rates of isotopes used in radiometric dating. The results are in still question, and even if true, would not drastically affect the dating of geological samples which have already been performed.
One person, who chose to remain anonymous, commented on the post. They said (all grammatical errors reproduced exactly):
Guess what Dim Wheel, diamonds have measurable amounts of C-14. You Kind of sound like a scientist, but lets face it, your not.
Now, I don’t have a problem with comments that disagree with me, but name-calling is just childish. Am I a scientist? Well I have an M.Sc. in Physics, and I work in the technology sector analyzing data, writing code and working my way into the R&D department. But I think the commenter is saying that I don’t wear a lab coat or work at a University, so I suppose I am not a “scientist” by that definition. But ad hominem fallacies aside, lets deal with the diamond argument.
I had actually never heard this argument before, so I looked it up. Diamonds are old. Very, very old. So old in fact, that Carbon-14 should not be present at all in diamonds, it should have all decayed away millions of years ago. So Young Earthers use this argument as evidence that the earth is younger than scientists thought.
Here was my response to the comment:
So the argument doesn’t hold water, but what gets me more is the hostility. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, and we skeptics have a reputation of being “dicks” sometimes as well. But it is totally counter-productive from either side of the argument to act like a jerk or commit the ad hominem fallacy.
So you can read the comment yourself, and let me know if you think my response was well-handled. I love scientific discussion, but I don’t like confrontation. Discussion makes you learn and question your own beliefs, whereas confrontation just causes you to dig in your heels and become more close-minded.
Can’t we all just get along?
aquantumofknowledge.wordpress.com is probably written by a male somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.
Hmm…apparently I’m an old man at heart (being only 25).
Am I really upset most of the time? Yeah ok.
I am happy with the balance between personal and academic content. But 66-100 years old? Really?
If you have a blog you should give this a try. What are your results?