I have a Question

In her Sasquatch Genome Project Dr. Ketchum claims that the mitochondria found in her sasquatch hair samples is human. Something tells me that her assumption is erroneous. As far as I can see mitochondria really has no reason to evolve, given a consistency in environment. Something tells me that different animals share mitochondrial species, which they inherited from a common ancestor. This would appear to be true of human and sasquatch/yeti in so far as both animals share a common type of environment.

Is there any work out there regarding the inheritance of mitochondria? Are the different species of mitochondria shared among the different species of eukaryote?

Yesh

I’ve been avoiding this blog, and I owe it to some 5,000 subscribers to write something here. But now, fortunately, I’m getting things dealt with, starting with an exam with my new urologist regarding my kidneys.

My appointment is on August 28th, and just two days after setting it I learned that my clinics insists I get an appointment to have my kidneys dealt with. Such a coincidence. That said, my kidneys are dealt with I’ll have the energy I need to actually do things. Such as post to this blog and get work done on a project or two.

So things are looking up.

I Was Asked For This

David Brin asked me for evidence supporting Bigfoot, specifically genetic. I suspect that he’s looking for the animal’s genome, but the best I can do is to be found at the Sasquatch Genome Project, which provides some information, but not a genome as far as I can see.

Which points out a big problem in something like this, sloppy work. The woman behind this site, Dr. Melba S. Ketchum didn’t do a very good job. She did find genetics and they do point to a currently unknown primate, but I would not call her work organized or finalized.

Now soon after her results were made available to the general public a skeptic had a look at them. I’ve forgotten his name, but I have remembered an observation he made in his report. Namely, that most Bigfoot and (also included) Yeti genetics are also gorilla genetics. Apparently Dr. Ketchum concluded that the Bigfoot is a hybrid of gorilla and human. My conclusion is that bigfoots and humans have a common ancestor with gorillas.

Overall what I’m seeing with Ketchum’s work is her just being incompetent. My recommendations are:

  1. Keep the sasquatch and yeti samples separate. Since they are supposed to be separate species they do need to be evaluated separately. One may be a sub-species of the other, but for the moment let’s keep them segregated.
  2. Remember presentation. Make it easier for the audience to read your work. Organize it and explain.
  3. Don’t jump to conclusions. Ketchum assumed that the sasquatch had to be a mix of ape and human when such an assumption wasn’t necessary. We and bigfoot have an ancestor dating back to before the gorilla. All three it would appear have genes inherited from that ancestor. We are related, but that relation isn’t all that immediate.

I sympathize with Dave, for all too often we get those who insist on being rude and ignoring the need for evidence, and well prepared and presented evidence. Copernicus’ revolution was not all that well supported, allowing his critics to conclude that he was wrong overall. Darwin on the other hand did take the time and effort to support his conclusion, and he still had his deniers. Those of us who have accepted the presence of a bipedal ape in North America need to keep Copernicus and Darwin in mind, and to complete the damn job.

My recommendation is to gather up as much in the way of sasquatch hair as you can, remembering to keep it separate and to test it separately, at least as much as you can. Don’t mush it all up. And when you have results make those results available to all. Finally, get supplies together and head out to bigfoot territory and camp out for a year or two. Be sure to take a good film camera, something to write on, and a friendly dog. Dogs are great at breaking the ice. Above all, be patient, for meeting wild animals is not something that happens overnight.

Most importantly calm down. They’re under enough stress as it is, no sense in you adding to it.

My Understanding?

Source: What is Scientism? | American Association for the Advancement of Science

At the link above you will come across a fairly good description of scientism, as the author understands it. You’ll find others and not all will agree with him. I for instance don’t. Not entirely and not as he does.

Scientism is one of those words who’s meaning, who’s description depends a lot on our experience in the subject of science. It depends a lot on how we see science and on how we were taught science to be. For my part I was taught to see science in a certain way, and to apply it in a certain way.

As I see it science isn’t really a thing, but a way of discovering and learning. Science isn’t really about knowledge, but more a way of learning. A way of discovery and how to verify and confirm that what you have learned is true. Science is a matter of faith, faith in our ability to verify and learn, but not faith in science per se, but in how the scientific method can and will lead to learning.

In short science is not a matter of fact, but more a matter in finding out. A matter or learning from observation, trial, and experience what is going on in the world. In a recent photo on the web we saw a raccoon sleeping in a man’s living room. When a commenter said that raccoons are dangerous she was right. But at the same time she neglected to point out that sometimes some animals can be so comfortable around humans they really have no problem with them, and may well come to adopt a particular human as part of his family.

This is where science comes in, for by using science we are able to accept that things don’t have to be the way we were told they should be. That there are things not dreamt of in our philosophy.

As I see it scientism is the belief that we can take the pronouncements of scientists on faith, that they are matters of faith and not to be discounted just because they are matters of revelation and authority. In scientism science consists of a series of hoary old prophets stomping down off a mountain bearing stone tablets bearing the Word of God upon them. As far as I can see scientism is science as religious belief, and that’s not how science works.

And as far as I can see science and the scientific method can be applied to most anything, even things that we assume can’t be, for as we learn of them we will learn just how they could work if they indeed were. For we are an animal that needs to understand, or to think we understand even when our understanding is wrong. For that gives us a basis on which we can learn of our errors and correct them. Science gives us the tools we need to discover and correct our mistakes. Scientism denies us those tools and insists that we take what we know as holy writ. Science is a pair of reading glasses making our world clearer. Scientism is gouging out the eyes because what you see, albeit oh so dimly and blurred, offends you.

So that is my understanding, how I see scientism. My understanding is necessarily blurred, incomplete, but at least it’s a start and one I can improve upon. What is your understanding, can it be improved, and can you let it be improved?

Adventures Suck

Here’s what I need to do:

  1. I need to get my room cleaned up.
  2. I need to put stuff into storage.
  3. I need to prepare for surgeries, fortunately minor ones.
  4. I need to keep taking my meds on schedule.
  5. I need to contact an adult day care center where I won’t be so dang isolated.

Now the first two you locals can help me with. But I can’t really pay you with anything more substantive than chatter and gossip. Or maybe an adventure using an impromptu system. Or, I can teach you Dangerous Journeys using the Mythus variant.

In short we could have a Bob Con, named after Robert P. Goodwin, where visitors and friends would gather in his bedroom at The Frog Pond and gab about stuff. Contact me for my phone# and address. Balboa Park is just 2 blocks east of here.

Keep me off the street.

They Live

Source: Home – Sasquatch Genome Project

I’ve decided I’m going to make this very plain, there is a great ape living in North America, and the link above provides evidence for this.

The problem is not with the evidence provided, but with Ketchum’s interpretation of it. She says it’s proof that the sasquatch is a hybrid of Man and some unknown ape. She says this because it would appear that they found gorilla DNA in the samples she tested. Ah, doctor, that’s not how it works.

Now I’m not what you’d call literate when it comes to reading the results she provides, but somebody much more competent than I came to this conclusion. Namely that what the specimens showed was a lot or gorilla DNA. This leading me to the conclusion that the sasquatch of North America is descended from a common ancestor of gorilla and human.

Unfortunately her mistake regarding what the sasquatch is unfortunately led certain other parties to conclude that the animal does not exist. Indeed cannot. I’ve forgotten what the logical fallacy is called, but assuming that being wrong in one area means you have to be wrong in everything. That’s not how it works. What her work did do is demonstrate the existence of a great ape living in North America, and which may even be native to this continent assuming that it is a separate species instead of a sub-species of yeti.

But there are those bigfoot scares, because to them only humans can be bipedal apes. And that when it comes to the sasquatch you can rely on the authorities.

I say, “Bull shit.”

When anybody says anything that is counter to the available evidence they can’t be relied on. That’s what it comes down to, and what it means is that some self-identified scientists can only be called creationists where this subject is concerned. They talk like creationist, they think like creationists, they act like creationists. And I say it’s damn well time they damn well stopped.

There is nothing supernatural about bigfoots, they’re just damn apes.

Stress Sucks

It doesn’t help that Dave is acting like a fundie. He’s being rude, ignoring evidence and arguments, and engaging in senseless insults. But besides that I’ve got an appointment today with a new shrink, and I’m fretting about what’s going to happen. Having to deal with one is enough, but two?

Here’s hoping at least my new shrink works out.

The Marsh

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Shamash

Introduction

In the DJ group on FaceBook member Ed Anderson is providing us with information on his Ægyptian campaign. A lot of information as a matter of fact. At the same time we’re also talking about the Shamash of Ærth, a people who are sort of an equivalent to our Jews, though they really are not.

So I’ve decided to provide a history of the Shamash and how events in their past made them different from the people that we know.

The Ljil Mörön

The oldest name for the river that I can find would appear to be “Ljil Mörön”, where it came from I do not know.

The river ends at the Volga Delta, which gives out at the Northwest corner of the Caspian sea. On Ærth the Caspian is a body of water some unknown area in size, unknown because I can’t find the information on the Internet.

The People

In any case it would appear that on Earth and Ærth there were people living in the Volga Delta, among whom were a people who for some reason decided that they could find a better life somewhere else. So sometime around 11,000>, and with the urging of their immediate neighbors, they migrated to the lands west of the delta, a region I can find no information of on the Web. In any case it would appear that they found the life didn’t suit them here so they moved on. As near as I can tell they kept migrating, moving south into and through the Caucasus until they reach the Halys River in what we know of as Central Anatolia. By then they were part of a people we know of as the Hatti, a Circassian speaking people as far as I know, who settled in the northern part of the Halys establishing the city of Hattusha around year 10,000>. The coming of the ancient Hittites and their conquest of Hattusha, which lead to certain Hatti clans fleeing south, will be in the next in this series.

I Could Use This

My heart is bad and my knees and hips hurt, I could use a walker to get around with, but I don’t really have the money. My wishlist is here, and what I’m really hoping for is the walker. Make it possible for me to get outside and get some sunlight.

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