Why They Criticize Stephen Hawking

180314001250-stephen-hawking-smiling-1979-restricted-exlarge-169people criticize hawking because intelligence scares them, when it should comfort themーbut it doesn’t, because intelligence takes courage; when you are willfully ignorant, you cannot easily make those connectionsーand you become unintelligentーmeaning you can’t recognize intelligence (or truth, or morality or much else). And the reason this chain of events is taking place is many of these people have to justify their world view, which does not square with reason, common sense or, for that matter, the genius they become a part of – such as that of scientists and other honest people, like Hawking.

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Image Copyright: CNN – Cosmologist Stephen Hawking on October 10, 1979, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Scripture, Truth And Morality

cropped-2018-01-08_01-58-522.jpgThere is morality in hearts that utter and inscribe great words. There is wisdom in their practice through virtuous behavior and ethics, but it takes that other talent of goodness, poetryーand its opposite, dishonestyーwith some inaccuracy and terror thrown in, to make the scripture of dogmatism which corrupts the mind and well-being. This is evil.

Photo Art: “Transcendence” ©Carl Atteniese 2018

 

Species Keychains

Causing suffering is wrong. It creates a callousnes for life, which permeates human societyーwhether one is causing discomfort for our species or another makes no difference; what we do, approve of, pay for and promote is validation and cause for its continuance and is eventually visited upon our selves and those we care forーsimply by saying we and others do not possess a soul. The soul was invented for this purpose, to escape pain and to visit it on other beings and species.

 

Painting: “Yin Fishy” © Carl Atteniese 2018

Statement on Shuttle And Hubble

The greatest achievement the Shuttle program managed, was the deployment, saving and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope. Of course, the construction, transportation and deployment and building of the ISS was a monumental achievement with benefits to humanity blossoming each day, but regardless its existence and utility, we would be in the dark about much bigger issues without the Hubble. In fact ー short of a world-culture-shocking chemical, physical or otherwise artifactual discovery via human or robotic exploration on another celestial body, the discoveries made and yet to beーabout and in space by other meansーare to be dwarfed by those of the Hubble.

© Carl Atteniese 2018

Photo of space Shuttle and Hubble on during the first Hubble servicing mission in which new lenses were installed to correct of a grinding error in the  flown Hubble lens.

Statement: On Americans under Trump

I hope that more Americans, while resisting most or all of the Trump agenda, can remember to be virtuous, honest and courageous in action, word and integrity, and in confronting the challenges of our nation, remember that identity politics divides us, while love, understanding, mindfulness and discussion can heal our wounds and take us on the road to solutions and recovery, even with our adversaries and enemies — at home and abroad.

© Carl Atteniese 2018

Photo: Rolling Stone

Holocaust Denier/Jesus Trusters

At the time of this writing, a Holocaust Denier is running for office in Illinois.

I understand it’s important not to be a holocaust denier, but isn’t it more important whether someone is a healthcare denier or an anthropogenic climate change or evolution denier, or whether s/he thinks a version of a mythical omniscient being s/he prays to came to earth via a sexless marriage, had himself worshiped at pain of eternal torture, was tortured himself to speak about “love”, and ‘brought the sword” to divide family membersㅡprofessing he’d see non-believers killed before him, that he walked on water, made multitudes of food from morsels, turned water to wine, healed the sick without medicine and rose from the dead (and saying he would do it again)ㅡthough all evidence is to the contrary?

© Carl卍道Atteniese, all rights reserved.

Social Media

Social Media isn’t “making us dumber.” Intellectual dishonesty and anti-empiricism build ignorance – with cowardice forging cognitive dissonance and identity politics; that makes some dumb – and the dumb dumber. I cite the title of this article, as a culprit, by @jessesingal : Social Media is Making Us Dumber

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(Carl Atteniese Jr.)

For America

I hope that more Americans, while resisting most or all of the Trump agenda, can remember to be virtuous, honest and courageous in action, word and integrity, and in confronting the challenges of our nation, remember that identity politics divides us, while love, understanding, mindfulness and discussion can heal our wounds and take us on the road to solutions and recovery, even with our adversaries and enemies — at home and abroad.