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

May 12, 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.

SMO Is Not The Same As SEO

April 12, 2017

There is no catechism amusing media has adapted the way humans communicate, accumulate information, and aswell how consumers accomplish decisions about purchases. With that in mind, you accept to get your advice out there area they will see it. Not alone area they can acquisition it, but in a architecture they will acknowledge absolutely to. That is area SMO casework appear into the picture.

It is important to accept this isn’t the aforementioned as SEO. While you can appoint the aforementioned provider to handle the tasks, you charge to accept characteristic advice about the SMO casework they are accouterment for you. The two should be tracked alone so you can acquisition what may charge to be bigger to get a bigger acknowledgment from your ambition audience.

The better aberration is SEO is geared appear accepting consumers to yield a attending at your webpages. To do this, it generally focuses on convalescent your adjustment on the seek engine after-effects afterwards users blazon in a keyword or phrase. With SMO services, the focus is on growing your online attendance and acceptability with the use of assorted branches of amusing media.

Common Outlets

The branches on the SMO casework timberline abide to abound and aggrandize all the time. Amusing media isn’t a casual trend, it is actuality to break and it is consistently traveling to accept change and improvements forth the way. Some of the accepted outlets that acquiesce you to ability your alcove business cover Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. There are abounding others but those are the top ones.

While some consumers accept all three of these types of accounts they admission daily, others alone accept one or two of them. It is a claimed alternative as is the bulk of time humans absorb in their account feeds. Some humans can absorb hours per day on amusing media sites and others almost glimpse at them. The ambition is to get your business to be accustomed to them as able-bodied as interesting.

Branding

It takes a abundant accord of time for any business to auspiciously cast themselves in a accustomed niche. It is an advancing plan in advance that involves both SEO and SMO casework to get it accustomed and to accumulate it traveling able for the continued haul. At the aforementioned time, such casework can advice to accomplish added applied leads. Often, those leads about-face into sales so it boosts your all-embracing about-face rate.

Word of Mouth

No anatomy of business out there, no amount how abundant you pay for it, will anytime be as admired as chat of money. If abeyant consumers apprehend about your articles or casework from anyone they are acquainted with canteen amusing media, it is gold in their eyes. That is a absolute being they accept a affiliation to, not just some accidental analysis they stumbled aloft on the internet.

Effective SMO casework acquiesce that chat of aperture to abide to abound and circulate. Humans are analytical if they see others talking about a accurate business or items they offer. They wish to acquisition out for themselves what all the fizz is about and how they can account from it too. They don’t wish to be larboard and not accept that artefact or account that so abounding are aflame about.

Provider Services

To absolutely accretion with SMO, you charge a able to plan with. You charge abundant added than just enhancement and links. You charge a applied action your business can abound from and consumers will be aflame to analyze added as able-bodied as aflame to acquaint others about. Posting agreeable and agreeable them to attending at what you action is a ample section of authoritative that happen.

How to Choose the Right Social Media for Your Nonprofit

March 12, 2017

Last ages my amusing action acquaint an commodity about allotment the appropriate amusing media arrangement for your nonprofit organization. The acknowledgment from organizations was great, and it fabricated me apprehend that I should cover it in a section for those of you who are affectionate abundant to chase my blog.

Social Media is the Abundant Equalizer

I don’t anticipate anyone argues anymore that amusing media is a trend of a fad. It’s actuality to stay, and we’re advantageous to reside in a apple area we can affix with humans all over the apple quickly, calmly and in real-time through amusing networking.

Social media has agape down walls and borders and has accustomed businesses, nonprofits, and about anyone to affix in means that are aberrant in animal history.

The afterward are the better amusing networking platforms:

  • Facebook – 1.8 billion users.
  • WhatsApp – 1 actor users.
  • Facebook Messenger – 1 actor users.
  • Instagram – 600,000 users.
  • Twitter – 317,000 users.
  • Snapchat – 300,000 users.

The Pros and Cons of Facebook

By far, Facebook is the better amusing media belvedere in the world. Nothing abroad comes abutting to it. Facebook has a lot of supporters and detractors, but for whatever it’s worth, if you’re searching to get your bulletin out about your organization, Facebook should apparently be the aboriginal abode you visit.

Facebook Pros

  • Better amusing media belvedere in the world
  • Targeted demographic advertisements
  • Robust analytics
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Facebook Reside built-in video
  • Accomplished arrangement for administration accepted annual and trending hashtags
  • Ability to actualize lists to abbey agreeable for you and your followers
  • Real-time assurance about a trending affair with hashtags
  • Tweets arise in Google seek results

Facebook Cons

  • Posts that are not additional (sponsored) accept actual little amoebic ability (less than 1 percent)
  • Must pay for advertisements alpha at $5 per post
  • Videos auto-play as little as a 3-second appearance can “count” as a appearance even admitting the user did not watch the blow of the video
  • Facebook Messenger letters can alone be beatific from an alone annual and not a Facebook Page

The Pros and Cons of Twitter

Twitter has had some challenges to its business model, and its stagnated for a time, but it’s still a force to be reckoned with, and humans still use it for real-time communication. If something is contemporary anywhere on the planet, blow assured that humans are tweeting about it.

Twitter Pros

  • Accomplished belvedere for administration accepted annual and application trending hashtags
  • Can abbey agreeable for yourself and followers
  • High bulk of use of hashtags for targeted engagement
  • Tweets arise in Google seek results

Twitter Cons

  • Many spam, bots, and affected accounts
  • Can be an advancing environment
  • Not as ascendant as in the accomplished due to user issues and business model
  • Algorithm change no best posts tweets as they occur, but what Twitter believes you wish to see

Pros and Cons of Instagram

Instagram is an accomplished belvedere for photo and video sharing. It’s all about visuals on Instagram and organizations can acquaint their adventure calmly on this belvedere through high-quality images. An angel is absolutely annual a thousand words and hundreds of bags of humans are on Instagram circadian searching for accurate inspiration.

Instagram Pros

  • Photo and video network
  • Use of hashtags
  • Can upload up to 10 videos or pictures to a individual post
  • Young admirers (18-34)
  • Can ambition demographic for sponsored ad posts

Instagram Cons

  • Spam (less than Twitter)
  • Sponsored advertisement, pay to play

Pros and Cons of Snapchat

Snapchat is currently the innovator to follow. The arch amusing media platforms are searching at Snapchat and artful the appearance of this network, which has begin its alcove with Millennials and Generation Z. Snapchat pioneered the 10-second and dematerialization video that you’re now seeing on added platforms.

Snapchat Pros

  • Amusing media innovator
  • 10-second video stories
  • Originator of the use of lenses and filters
  • Audiences are primarily Millennials and Generation Z

Snapchat Cons

  • Generations earlier than Millennials are apparently not on this platform
  • Can appearance agreeable for 24 hours and again it disappears
  • Cannot pay or addition ads to access cast awareness
  • Alone humans on your corpuscle buzz or who apperceive your username will be able to acquisition you
  • Brands accept to cross-promote their Snapchat username beyond added types of business channels