Featured image for episode 9 of the control d podcast. The image depicts a barren salt lake, with an overlaid hashtag #WhyNoCurve.

(Legacy) The Age of Unenlightenment – CTRL+D Podcast #9

You know what? Tuesday doesn’t sound too bad as a release day… But back to the main topic. This week, visionary inventor and general salt-of-the-Earth human being “Mad” Mike Hughes- the lunatic who was about to strap himself to a high school experiment that went terribly out of hand in an effort to provide definitive proof that our planet is in fact flat, inspired us to go on a 71-minute rant about the recent explosion of pseudo-scientific beliefs and conspiracy theory weaving. As you may expect, the episode is rather heated and by association- swear-laden, but Pedro’s done his best to cover all our spicy expletives up. As usual.

Unenlightenment notes:

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Liftoff of HMS Bad Taste.

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We ended up only mentioning said person in passing, because there was so much more to gripe about.

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Here’s a direct quote from a space.com article about Definitely Mad Mike…

“I don’t believe in science,” Hughes said, according to the AP. “I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.”

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Short and stormy will the day be, that I give this nutso any traffic by linking his stuff on our website. Go look him up if you so desire. “D. Marble” 😀

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I don’t much fancy The Verge, so here’s a Quartz article about B.o.B’s million dollar GoFundMe campaign that never really left the ground. Should’ve gone Kickstarter.

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Both Copernicus and Galilei were tried by the Inquisition and found guilty of being heretics, but they lived the rest of their lives in relative peace. Unfortunately, Giordano Bruno couldn’t strike upon such luck. He was sentenced to death, stripped naked, hung by the feet and eventually burned alive.

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I apologize for the lack of supporting material, but I just couldn’t be arsed to go looking for these pictures.

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Whilst it may bring me immeasurable joy to announce this massive scam’s long overdue death, it appears to still be kicking.

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As luck would have it, I very recently came into the possession of a somewhat banged up, but nevertheless still operating Celestron Astromaster 114EQ, which also happens to be my first ever telescope. I’ll be sure to put it to good use and have no doubt that I’ll be using it for future content here on this site. 😉

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Just fyi, illuminism is another term for the progressive movement which formed during the Age of Enlightenment. It has nothing to do with that other thing that’s supposedly part of the larger plan for that other other thing. Other.

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As the late Christopher Hitchens once eloquently put it, the foundation of religions which dictates one must love someone whom they also fear, is the very essence of the master-slave relationship.

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As Pedro will remark a few minutes from now, religions most likely sprung into existence due to early modern people’s lack of understanding of the world, and their subsequent attribution of natural phenomena to divine beings… And as “luck” would have it, roughly 12,000 years later, there’s another wave of illiterate people, which conveniently coincides with the formation of multiple cults, religions and pseudo-scientific movements. One might almost proclaim that there’s a pattern forming.

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Yes! Of all the batshit loony stuff in the bible, the tale of Cain and Able constitutes the biggest plothole. Sure thing! 😀

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At the last minute, we sneak a quick jab at Ptolemy’s fam.

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20-minute goodbyes initiated. This week, a miserable 10 minutes and 23 seconds… Pathetic.

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, situated in Alexandria of all places, holds one full backup of the Wayback Machine database, as well as two mirrors of the site.

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All hail the Angel of Death, saviour of websites lost.

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