Big Macs e religião

Se queres entender os processos que levam a maioria dos humanos à religião, este vídeo do psiquiatra norte-americano J. Anderson Thomson, a que cheguei através da página que a Fundação Richard Hawkings tem no Facebook, oferece uma excelente explicação.

Reading ‘The Darkening Age’

I’ve started reading The Darkening Age, a book by Catherine Nixey about the destruction Christianity brought to the other religions in its early days. This was a recommendation André Esteves made to me on Twitter and I’m glad he did it. I’ve just finished the prologue and was so blown by how it ends that I stopped reading it so I could publish this.

Mere decapitation wasn’t enough. More blows fell, scalping Athena, striking the helmet from the goddess’s head, smashing it into pieces. Further blows followed. The statue fell from its pedestal, then the arms and shoulders were chopped off. The body was left on its front in the dirt; the nearby altar was sliced off just above its base.
Only then does it seem that these men – these Christians – felt satisfied that their work was done. They melted out once again into the desert. Behind them the temple fell silent. The votive lamps, no longer tended, went out. On the floor, the head of Athena slowly started to be covered by the sands of the Syrian desert.
The ‘triumph’ of Christianity had begun.

Catherine Nixey – The Darkening Age

And some people wonder why I hate religion.

Deputados quânticos

Os deputados portugueses são a grande maravilha da física: possuem propriedades do entrelaçamento quântico, conseguindo estar em dois ou mais locais ao mesmo tempo. Alguém me explica porque andamos a estudar partículas quando podíamos estudar os nossos deputados?

This is why I don’t give a fuck about influencers

And why I avoid a product if it’s being “promoted” (advertised) by them.

An excerpt from Wired:

Lotti recalls the investor saying that if she wanted Lashify to succeed, quality didn’t matter, nor did customer satisfaction—only influencers. And they didn’t come cheap. She was told to expect to shell out $50,000 to $70,000 per influencer just to make her company’s name known, an insane amount for a new startup. There was no way around it; that’s just how things worked.

Paris Martineau – Wired