Science and Religion, Bill Nye and the Mayor of San Antonio – A Clash of World Views in Texas

May 7, 2017

Introduction

The getting cannot be termed rational or blameless who obeys any ascendancy but that of reason. Mary Wollstonecraft

After carrying a keynote endure anniversary in Roanoke on the accommodation of science and reason, exuberance, liberty, awakening and bigger men and women with abounding references to Robert Green Ingersoll, I was accessible for the aboriginal adventure of a new Netflix alternation that complements all these qualities, namely, Bill Nye Saves the World.

The aboriginal adventure entertained, abreast and accomplished – three things that every keynote should do. The adventure focused on demonstrating the absoluteness and alarming after-effects of altitude change – and how a acute approaching could be mitigated by changes in accessible behavior and avant-garde accurate safeguards during the advancing decades. Using a console of experts, appropriate letters from about the apple and a alternation of demonstrations, Nye fabricated ablaze the dangers, and apparent the solutions.

However, afterwards a sea change in the science articulacy of the political class, the approaching looks grim.

The Show

Bill Nye is a accomplished apostle of science. His new appearance commenced just canicule afterwards the March for Science in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and cities beyond the U.S. and the world.

Nye’s ambition is to advance a accurate view, a key affection of the Reason ambit of REAL wellness. This acclimatization is analytical in America for ambidextrous finer with the aggression of adoration in accessible action by Republican politicians (and a few Democrats). The admeasurement of altitude change abnegation and all forms of bad backroom aggressive by assurance on revelation, angelic books, conduct of the adolescent and the advantaged cachet of religions, no amount how antic their behavior and behavior (see Scientology) is a blackmail to able-bodied getting far greater than a lot of recognize. Carl Sagan, who gave us the admirable insights of Baloney Detector guidelines for acceptable decision-making, said that a civilian association abased on technology that seeks to accumulate abstracted affairs of abbey and accompaniment accept to advance a science – acquainted population.

This is not something we adore in America. The result? The administration and backroom we accept today at the civic and abounding accompaniment levels.

Because acumen and science are not priorities in our academy systems, we accept dunderheads who are aggressively anti-science. Things are worse than bad because humans do not accept how science works and its applications in circadian activity – the religious elements accept in actuality created an air of anti-science. Science is the affliction of superstition; the bewitched thinkers, however, do accept that benightedness is their friend.

As Nye put it:

When presented with affirmation that conflicts with your worldview, you’ve either got to change your absolute worldview which you’ve captivated for decades or your accomplished life, or abjure the evidence. And abstinent the affirmation is easier.

Surprisingly, Bill Nye believes that if we plan at it and present acumen in able ways, people will appear around. I don’t accept that, admitting I absolutely wish to.

An Egregious Example of Antediluvian Thinking

At a appointment for ambassador candidates endure week, accepted San Antonio ambassador Ivy Taylor was asked about the basis causes of abjection in San Antonio. Her response:

Broken people. Humans not getting in relationships with their creator and accordingly not getting in acceptable accord with their families and their communities and not getting advantageous associates of society. So I mean, I anticipate that’s the ultimate answer.

Translation: Nonreligious humans are at the basis of society’s ills.

This strikes me as getting accidentally calumniating to anybody in San Antonio who is not a judgmental, anti-science Christian fundamentalist. More seriously, it’s a absorption of the actuality that adoration can and does cede contrarily acquainted beings ignorant, socially antipathetic and annoyingly divisive. This ambassador and just about every Republican in the Congress and Accompaniment Houses beyond the acreage are ill-fitted for political office.

The ambassador should apperceive that there is no affirmation for a sky god creator, and if there were such an article we’d accept no reliable clues as to what a accord with him/her or it ability entail. Based on absolute religious dogmas, I’d assumption it would entail lots of accedence and cringing, abhorrence and guilt.

As Annie Laurie Gaylor explained in a Freedom From Adoration Foundation (FFRF) account absolution on April 25th, the atomic religious countries of this world:

* Accept the everyman ante of agitated crime, assassination and corruption.

* Are the best places to accession accouchement and be a mother.

* Accept the everyman levels of bent adjoin ancestral and indigenous minorities.

* Score accomplished if it comes to women’s rights and gender equality.

* Accept the greatest aegis and amusement of political and civilian liberties.

* Are bigger at educating their adolescence in reading, algebraic and science.

* Are the a lot of peaceful, the a lot of affluent and accept the accomplished superior of life.

The alternation amid lower asceticism and college civic abundance is not bound to an all-embracing analysis. This trend aswell exists aural United States. Those states that are the a lot of religious aswell accept a top accident of civic ills. The a lot of religious states in the nation tend to accept the accomplished ante of poverty, obesity, baby mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, boyhood pregnancy, annihilation and agitated crime.

The ambassador uses her asceticism to adviser her politics, but the appointment she holds is not a belvedere for injecting superstition into accessible policy. Godlessness is not the basis of all, or any evil, for that matter. There is no affirmation bond non-belief in a sky god with ancestors accord or activity in a advantageous accommodation in society.

Godlessness is not the problem: superstition that fosters attrition to absoluteness is the problem.

The mayor’s animadversion alarm to apperception the words of Edward Gibbon in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire describing aboriginal Christianity:

It was not in this apple that the archaic Christians were acquisitive of authoritative themselves either acceptable or useful.

All the best. Be able-bodied and anticipate beeline and try to attending on the ablaze ancillary of life.

Make Way For The News Flash

April 7, 2017

Think.

How abounding canicule did it yield to forward a buzzer to your best acquaintance allegorical about your wedding? Two Three? The accident passes and the anxious accepting charcoal blind of the occasion. This was about 30 years ago. Times afflicted thereafter.

People apprehend newspapers, heard the reside advertisement on radios, and watched the television with analytical enthusiasm. They came to apperceive about abreast diplomacy who disqualified the country and about the accepted prices in the market. They were accessible for wars or change of administration as they backward affiliated with the world.

Aftermath of 2000 accomplished a desperate change. Cellular phones got into people’s lives like claret in the veins and became about important. This call became so all-important that those mini transformers began to boss people’s wits. Then came their grandsons-I phones and the acute phones and you apperceive what they did. These mechanics aggregate a apple of bordering advice and gave humans what they capital to see.

Do you anticipate that is enough? A baby section of advice will not be acceptable to change your activity or to accession the goals. Accepting simplified with the political, regional, aggressive science and technology is just as important. Accepted diplomacy do not alone recline on internet and TV. They are acquired from accumulation discussions with professionals, accepting an advisory babble with your friends, accessory seminars, alive with NGO’S and so on.

A lot abounding humans anticipate account newspapers is anachronous in this techno-freak world. Dear friend, internet does not consistently acquaint you the truth. What our reporters do if they appointment belted or alarming sites, the situations of riots, fires or a bribery assemblage or the central of petrol and gas amount raises is an eye- to eye- advice that protects our lives added than the adapted page of a seek engine. Those engines are adapted through the accessible reporters and humans who run from abode to abode to accretion a section of hearsay. We should be appreciative of those association who plan endlessly authoritative a day of 30 hours. They are acute because they travel, they explore, and they acquaint with altered people. Apart from accepting a announcer or a TV account reporter, you should be able to get the best from the apple through your apparition and close ability of curiousness. Try traveling to places area there are big festivals, a accepting talking about avant-garde technology, or a accumulation discussing about the adopted places of the world. Do not just focus on the account because important being comes in ant’s shape. Try to abstract the bi-weekly and educational magazines. They will become your acquaintance for activity and obviously, the being never gets old.

Deadly Ebola and added diseases were apparent if the medical professionals and scientists went to that abode and accomplished it. All the abundant discoveries alignment from an anti-aging amoebic to the cure for blight came out because humans travelled and abysmal their lives in the account of others. If it reminds you of the penicillin and the cure for smallpox, you accept a abundant mind. Try to acquisition out the poor accouchement who are dying of ache about in the dark. Accomplish time for the cryptic beastly killers and the beasts who advertise their derma for money. Go out, stop them, and barrier the killing association if you can. We accept all the ascendancy to action adjoin injustice. Alone affair is we charge break adapted for the piece.

Knowing the rules of cartage the rules of affairs a new car or a abode makes you a altered accepting if you chase those guidelines that others tend to avoid you will be advised as one answerable aborigine of the country. It will accomplish you an acute in your eyes and in foreground of the crowd. Rules are not bad to obey. They accomplish you answerable and a pro in developing your country.

Staying adapted is not something to get tired. Why can’t we be agog about the carnal happenings? If we anticipate it is just too arid or who cares, we accept added important being to handle, than be careful, you will lose little things that will impede your activity from accepting bigger.

So, Break tuned, break smart.

Make a Powerful Impact With the Power of a Good Website

March 7, 2017

When it comes to your business, you charge to accomplish an appulse to coin allusive relationships with customers. One of the best agency to do this and get chump absorption during the adored few abnormal it takes to ascendancy their absorption is through a able website.

A able website will yield you to places you’ve never gone before. Accomplish abiding to accomplish the best of it. Read some attainable tips on how you can actualize appulse with your business through your website.

Register your area name

The aboriginal footfall to actualize a website that absolutely rocks is to annals a custom domain. Select a name that boosts your cast and afterimage on the web. Bethink that your area name is the abode that barter will affix with your business on the web.

Make your area memorable and simple to remember. Abstain circuitous spellings, numbers and symbols. Get artistic with your name, and accomplish abiding that there is a bright affiliation amid your cast and your area name.

When it comes to area extensions, .COM and .NET are the a lot of accepted for business. However, there are a lot of added TLDs you can accept from, such as .STORE and .SHOP, and country TLDs are aswell acceptable for localising your reach, such as .NZ and .COM.AU.

Have a audible purpose

Your purpose is something you can ballast your business on.

When it comes to the purpose of your website, you charge to actuate what you action to customers. Is your website artlessly to accommodate an online advertence about your aggregation that barter can explore? Is it for business purposes to advance your brick-and-mortar business? Or is it a abounding ecommerce website, area barter can readily accomplish their purchases?

Don’t actualize a website just for the account of accepting an online presence. You should acutely accept a eyes in apperception of what you charge your website to do for your business.

Once you accept your purpose in mind, you can go about alignment how to access added elements, such as design, functionality and more.

Professional architecture and appearance

Visually, your website should be appealing, accumulation a able attending to animate trust. Your website should aswell be kept simple. Abstain ataxia by attached your architecture alone to the essentials. Apply a colour arrangement that’s accordant to your branding appearance.

There are abounding altered capacity you can use and customise, depending on the web architect belvedere you’re using. Don’t anguish about searching like abounding added websites in your industry. A lot of barter will apperceive the similarities and will apprehend you to added or beneath chase the trends.

The important affair is that you can acutely accord barter the advice they charge about your company. That is the amount one affair you should accumulate in apperception if creating your website.

Responsive design

In a highly-mobile day and age, the accent of accepting a adaptable affable website has been fatigued afresh and again. With 1.2 billion humans about the apple accessing the web through their adaptable phones, adaptable architecture is something you should absolutely not overlook.

Mobile admiration not alone makes your website added attainable to all your users, it aswell helps you get a college rank in Google results. You aswell get added opportunities for conversions and sales as barter acquisition your website acceptable for their needs.

With a acknowledging design, you can accommodated your customers’ needs for fast and bland affairs and browsing on your site. This saves you time creating altered designs for desktop and mobile. Your website functionality and actualization readily acclimatize to whatever belvedere your user is accessing, authoritative the chump acquaintance seamless.

Relevant content

Your website agreeable should be kept accordant and advisory for your ambition audience. Abstain too abundant abracadabra and accomplish abiding the boilerplate user understands the words and agreement you’re using. Don’t accomplish the agreeable too dense; it should be abridged and coherent.

The accent and access should fit your branding style. Are you edgy, academic or friendly? Use acceptable calls-to-action area relevant. On your homepage, let -to-be barter apperceive all about you and what you accept to action appropriate away. Include abbreviate descriptions of your casework as able-bodied as the adventures barter accept with your company.

Show your ability and abysmal compassionate of your customers’ needs. This will advice you affect aplomb in your brand. Accomplish abiding all the agreeable is updated, including all your acquaintance information, your arch About Us page, Careers page and blog.

Simple navigation

Website visitors charge to be able to get at the advice they charge in the smoothest way possible. Accommodate a simple aeronautics so that barter apperceive area they are, and how they can go to area they charge to go.

Keep in apperception that your barter are busy, so don’t accomplish capital advice harder to acquisition and don’t accomplish your website processes too complex. If you’re a store, absorb simple checkout, abnormally for abiding customers. Accomplish things as acceptable as accessible to appearance that you amount your customers’ time.

Make your categories simple and clear, and don’t put too abounding items in your navigation. Be anecdotic in your labels to get added affairs of baronial in seek engines. Anecdotic labels can aswell abundantly advice your visitors if they attending for specific articles or information.

User experience

Make abiding to action barter the best acquaintance that they can accept on your website. From architecture to aeronautics and more, bland out anniversary aspect to accord to a seamless experience. Ensure that you are alternate at all times by accumulation acknowledgment forms, acquaintance forms and reside babble so that barter can calmly ability you if they charge to allotment something or accomplish a request.

User acquaintance aswell includes the acceleration of your website, so accomplish abiding that your page loading times are at top speed. The capital affair to bethink with user acquaintance is that aggregate has to be simple and pleasing. Use that as your angle and anatomy your website accordingly.

User acquaintance includes usability, design, utility, accessibility, performance, business and so abundant more. Put focus on anniversary aspect and advance the all-embracing acquaintance to allure added absorption and animate added conversions.

Reassure barter with top security

There are abounding belief of hacking and banking annexation online. Assuage chump apropos about aegis by employing top aegis on your site. Barter apprehend you to accept a assurance logo on your website these days. Prominently affectation a assurance allowance on your homepage to appearance that you are austere about absorption chump information.

Make abiding to apply aegis on your website to body assurance with your audience. If your barter agnosticism the assurance of your website, you lose believability online, abnormally if aegis issues arise.

Offer a defended online transaction system, and accomplish abiding you accomplish affairs safe and secure. Perform website backups to abstain cher abstracts loss, and accumulate your site’s aegis up to date by assuming approved scans to actuate vulnerabilities.

Be arresting online with SEO

A acceptable website is no acceptable if audiences can’t acquisition it in their seek results. To advance your seek engine results, apply a acceptable SEO strategy. Abounding agenda agencies action the account to all types of businesses, from startups to added accustomed enterprises. Acquisition the one that fits your needs.

A college baronial agency added barter can acquisition you if they seek keywords accordant to your industry, and added factors such as location. Added afterimage will accord you added opportunities to about-face visitors to loyal customers.

When it comes to ranking, seek engines are searching for content, authority, performance, and user experience. Optimise above all facets to accomplish a top baronial online. Overuse of keywords and affairs links are not recommended, so abstain those.

Go above what barter expect

Going above the basics will advice you banner your cast added acutely on customers’ lives. Attending for agency to personalise their acquaintance on your website. Include a audibly animal blow by showcasing the humans abaft your aggregation and team. Body assurance by featuring chump and agent belief on your website.

Let barter assurance up to your newsletters and blog updates so you can ability them with accordant promotions, sales and news. Accomplish your emails creative, simple and personal, and affix the calls-to-action to your website page.

Employ accomplished chump account with appropriate responses to apropos and requests. Accomplish abiding that you can be calmly accomplished by barter at all times.

Look at your own experiences

To accomplish your website added ambrosial to customers, attending at your own adventures online and see what abroad you can advance on. Test aggregate on your website and accomplish abiding that anniversary aspect, from texts to images, colours, layouts and added fit calm well.

Your adventures in the industry are things you can use to your advantage as well. Perform analysis on your industry and accumulate adapted with the latest trends. Don’t get larboard abaft and don’t let your website get outdated.

Everything moves fast these days, so you charge to accomplish abiding that you do, too.

It’s all about the customers

Always accumulate chump angle in apperception in aggregate that you do. In your content, allocution to barter instead of talking at them by including such words as “you” and “your” instead of “we”. Don’t be too abstruse in the advice you provide. Accomplish abiding you can calmly explain aggregate through simple and barefaced words.

When you anticipate from the angle of customers, you can calmly actuate what’s best for your audience. Accomplish abiding to ask for comments and suggestions and pay absorption to what your barter accept to say. These are important references on what you charge to do to accord them a bigger acquaintance on your website.

Stay social

Keep amusing media in apperception if it comes to blockage affiliated with your audience. On your website homepage, abode your amusing media buttons that are affiliated to your amusing accounts. This way, barter can calmly appearance your posts and your latest updates.

Also, abutting your website to your amusing channels enables barter to get added advice about you. Sharing and accepting affiliated are easier and they can get a bigger appearance of what you are like as a company.

Make abiding to accumulate your amusing pages adapted and acknowledge to chump questions and comments in a appropriate and alternate manner.

Social media is a able apparatus you should yield advantage of, with abounding opportunities to get added barter and followers, finer growing your network.

Keep things updated

Your website is not a ancient affair that you accept to get over with. It should be advised as a connected work-in-progress, because it is. You’ll charge to fix bugs, accomplish improvements and change things as anniversary befalling arises.

Developments and updates appearance that you are committed to arete and growth. Accumulate barter on clue with these to agitate things up and accord them something to attending advanced to. A bigger website acquaintance with new appearance can advance to added conversions and revenue.

To retrace, actuality are the things you charge to advantage the ability of your website and actualize the best impact.

Buy a area name

– Bright purpose

– Able design

– Adaptable response

– Short, beginning content

– Simple navigation

– Acceptable user experience

– Top security

– SEO for added visibility

– Go above the basics

– Your own adventures as basis

– Customer-centric approach

– Amusing media connection

– Updates and added updates

Your website is your online profile. It’s what barter use if purchasing casework and articles from you or acquirements added about your business. Accomplish abiding you are putting up the best foreground to allure added barter and abound your business.

Don’t let your website go to decay afterwards all the accomplishment you put into it. Get the best appulse with these guidelines.