Redglass Pictures teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson to produce a 4-minute film that communicates something that I have been feeling for awhile. Tyson calls this “maybe the most important words he has ever spoken”. The film covers the recent rise of science denial in this country.
“That’s not the country I remember growing up in. Not that we didn’t have challenges… But I don’t remember anytime where people were standing in denial of what science was.”
Indeed, Neil. I too watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I was one of the first to actually use the Internet, then the World Wide Web. I used cell phones when they were so novel that people would stare at me using one discreetly in Wal-Mart.
“This is science, it’s not something to toy with! It’s not something to say “I choose not to believe E=mc², you don’t have that option!” …it is true whether or not you believe in it, and the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with… how to solve the problems that face us.”
Once had a friend – he is still a great, smart friend – that when I brought up a conversation from some 10 years or so earlier, I asked him if he still believed that global warming was a hoax. His reply was, “No, but it shouldn’t be a religion either.” I’ve thought about that remark a lot, and it reminds me of this Carl Sagan idea:
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
My friend is right in a way. I believe that religion builds policies, procedures, and systems around spirituality, but not in a scientific method sort of way.
Religion doesn’t establish or even create morals, it establishes trusts. Throughout history and various cultures, these trusts between others in the tribe have moved civilizations forward, and sometimes backward. Two steps forward, one back.
It’s time to accept science spiritually. We have bigger things to do.
John is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a degree in Music Theory and Piano, and graduated with distinction from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts with a master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting.
John has been serving as the Music Director for the Fort Smith Symphony for 20 years, and along with the musicians, staff, board of directors and community, he has led a transformation of a small community symphony to a large fully professional regional orchestra.
John and the orchestra has received the League of American Orchestras’ Helen M. Thompson Award; the Mayor’s Achievement Award, and the Mayor’s Civic Center Award for the Performing Arts. John is the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award “Individual Artist Award.”
Simply a great show. We talk music of course, but also the planning logistics of creating the shows, the travel of musicians, importance of attention to detail, how John got his start, and art. Some World War I & II stuff is thrown in as well.
Welcome to Season 1, Episode 4 of TBC: The Podcast.
First off, I want to thank everyone for all of the feedback. Don’t forget to rate the show on iTunes, and let us know WHO or WHAT you want to hear.
In this episode, we talk with Clint Sharp in his cool home in beautiful Montclair, Oakland, California. I have known Clint for about 20 years, both as a colleague and friend.
Clint is Director of Product Management, Big Data & Operational Intelligence at Splunk, a San Francisco-based big data analysis company.
Clint is an intensely curious autodidact, accomplished in whatever suits his interests. Genuinely one of the most intelligent people I know.
We spend talking about big data, product management, Splunk of course, and a LOT of movies.
I hate cabs. The end of the ride was always uncomfortable. Digging a credit card or cash out of my pocket, then mentally figuring out a tip is unnecessary and frequently uncomfortable. And then, the frequently higher fares.
Uber came along and streamlined this process and made it almost a joy. Once I summon an Uber, that’s it. I know where the car is and how long before it arrives. I know when it arrives. I get in the car, and the driver already knows the destination. At the end of the ride, there is no worrying about finalizing the transaction with grubby cash or clumsy credit card transactions. You simply get out of the car. It’s like getting a ride from a buddy.
Clean, friendly, and frictionless. No need to be crass with money.
But then I discovered this. Drivers get to rate the passengers. I always thought that if when I unexpectantly throw up in an Uber, my other more frequent uses where I am a normal, friendly citizen would at least keep me in that 4+ star rating. What Uber doesn’t tell you – and won’t – is that the drivers can solicit tips, and some are penalizing you for not tipping.
Now, a new ruling means that drivers can place signs in their cars informing passengers that tips are not included. It might as well say “if you don’t tip me, expect a poor rating, and no Uber driver will ever pick you up again except for the serial killer Uber drivers.”
This almost kills the deal for me. Might as well use Lyft. At least Lyft’s app has a way to add a tip, and that’s a whole lot easier than with the cab’s credit card machine or grubby cash.
Not saying I will not use Uber anymore, but it just lost one of it’s very appealing features. I don’t want to get on a soapbox about the entire cockamamie tipping system, but the idea of the driver being passenger rated that works so well in other businesses like ebay, AND being paid enough to not require tips is a much better system.