I can’t wait until our generation becomes teachers that actually know how to make a video full screen and get the god damn cursor out of the way
So I’ve gotten a bunch of asks and tweets asking me whether or not we should be worried about the impending explosion of the largest volcano on Earth (which I happen to live very nearby). No, you should not.
This latest round of speculation was sparked by a YouTube video…yes, literally a single YouTube video, which shows some bison running down the road.
Now, obviously the Yellowstone volcano is not about to erupt. It’s a massive thing…if it were about to erupt there would have been several hundred years of upwelling that we just haven’t seen. Seismic activity is intensely stable on a geologic scale.
But I want to use this as an excuse to talk about BS detection…as I might do quite a bit in the future. Figuring out the difference between something you should legitimately be concerned about (global warming) and something you shouldn’t (super volcanos) is an vital life skill…and it doesn’t come easy.
Some people will call BS detection “common sense” but I would never call it that since it seems, in fact, to be very rare. So let’s take a look and see what we can learn:
Huh, that last one was my 100th post. Hooray for powers of ten, I guess!
S’pose I should probably work on some original content one of these days.
Oh, the tyranny of the gap between what you mean and what appears on the screen…