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About bill

I'm a 78-yo white man who should have been a scientist, but never finished college. Now I'm retired and disabled and have lived in a nursing home for most of the past year. I was born into a fundamentalist Independent Baptist family, accepted Jesus at the age of six, and took 36 more years to get over it. I've now been an atheist for about 36 years. Politically, I'm fairly liberal. Almost always vote Democratic as the lesser of the two major evils. I write about science, space, evolution, and occasionally politics or whatever seems important or interesting at the moment. And I love optical illusions.

You Won’t Believe It! Neither did I.

The claim is that the two pictures are identical. As far as I can tell, it’s true. Check the details, block by block. Then use straight edges to block out parts of each picture and compare a part of one picture with the same part of the other. You’ll have to conclude, the two pictures are identical, and they are oriented in exactly the same direction.

I believe this is one of the best optical illusions I’ve ever seen.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Strange…a God who could make good children as easily as bad,
yet preferred to make bad ones;
who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short;
mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness
multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell;
who mouths morals to other people and has none himself;
who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all;
who created man without invitation,
then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man,
instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself;
and finally with altogether divine obtuseness,
invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!
— Mark Twain

Science in America

Neil deGrasse Tyson says this 4-minute video may contain the most important words he has ever spoken. I think he is probably right about that. This message may be the most important thing we need to hear today. Science is here to stay, and we all need to be scientifically literate. It’s truly urgent!

Listen to his argument. You need to be an informed citizen and voter, and that’s the truth.