Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for January 20, 2016

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    hawgowar  over 8 years ago

    Actually, many things in science are quite simple.

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    reatta45  over 8 years ago

    And the simplest answer is god did it…

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    braindead Premium Member over 8 years ago

    It’s asking too much of a Republican/Fox “news” viewer to handle complexity.

    Just give them a slogan, like ‘jobs, Jobs, JOBS!’ and they’re happy. You don’t have to provide jobs or anything, just give them the slogan and then blame Obama.

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    Pointspread  over 8 years ago

    So are both roads leading over the edge in this strip?

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    GiantShetlandPony  over 8 years ago

    Interesting that the left is to the right moving up (higher learning, perhaps?) and the right is heading for a short walk to dive off head first to oblivion. Too bad in real life they will happily take us all with them.

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    Randy B Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I’m perfectly willing to deal with Republicans who understand and appreciate what science is about.There seem to be no Tea Party Republicans who understand science.

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    Varnes  over 8 years ago

    Randy_B and pointspread, we all have to go over that “edge” sooner or later….It just depends on how soon or how much later…..All we can do is make decisions and hope they’re the right ones….

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Science indicates the human brain is evolved to accept the simplest answer that proves accurate for immediate consideration, and builds on that in its spare time. This is so you don’t have to perform all the calculations to come to a rational solution, but just act quickly and correctly on the fly.When it fails, it is quite spectacular. You never see a falcon run into obvious obstacles at 40 mph through a woods, but humans often crash into thing negotiating their life options at the speed of temporal flow.

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    elsnerc  over 8 years ago

    if I may suggest: the science road sign is more like “sometimes complex, sometimes simple, many times right, but often we just don’t know better – follow the road and find out for yourself. And if you find something new, don’t forget to share”. But they didn’t have space for the wording and had to simplify…

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    jreckard  over 8 years ago

    Matthew 7:13,14 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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    tripwire45  over 8 years ago

    Life is rarely that binary. I can’t count the number of articles I’ve read recently about erroneous and falsified scientific studies. Not everything people call “science” is accurate. To blindly follow someone just because they call themselves a scientist is just as wrong as blindly following anyone else…like politicians.

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    Prestondinjax  over 8 years ago

    And fear of “climate change” is being used to make us all walk off a cliff

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    Varnes  over 8 years ago

    My eyes aren’t so good any more, but isn’t that guy near the bookshelf reading some Robert Frost? Looks like Yogi ’s already taken the fork….

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    Eclectic-1  over 8 years ago

    Good satire. Shows why ‘Scientific American’ is an oxymoron.

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    habfan40  over 8 years ago

    looks like both end up over a cliff

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    William Reynolds  over 8 years ago

    Reminds me of Jesus’ saying “Strait is the gate and narrow the way that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it.”

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    1941gko  over 8 years ago

    Truth – If an Idea, or a Solution to a problem, Fits on a Bumper Sticker, and sounds good; Odds are it’s Wrong!

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    Can't Sleep  over 8 years ago

    I truly hate the ones who talk about “dubious science” and such.- They’re perfectly happy with any science they can have fun with – HD TV, smart phones, mini-drone helicopters, electricity, running water, refrigerators, etc.-But if the result isn’t “happy-happy, make life easy” and means they may have to do something differently, then it’s all a plot by “rich” scientists to line their pockets.Global warming, cigarettes cause cancer, seat belts save lives, etc. – all evil plots.

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    Dour Scotsman  over 8 years ago

    I’m always curious as to what exactly the Right mean when they say “make America Great again”……and even more curious as to when exactly it was “great” in the past…….I’ve asked….but NEVER get an answer.

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    lars_doyle  over 8 years ago

    It’s amazing how many readers do not understand this simple idea.

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    Holden Awn  over 8 years ago

    And science sez, “It all came from an exploding nothing that was everything. We can’t see most of it, or find it, but the numbers say it’s there, and we have faith in the math”.

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    johndifool  over 8 years ago

    So much for Occam’s Razor…

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    Beleck3  over 8 years ago

    lol, the Right will do whatever it takes to believe whatever they want. Let them go. they are complete idiots. what a waste of energy to “try” to reach them. it is too late now, climate wise. to bother. they got what they wanted, and will take the rest of us with them.

    like Forrest Gump,

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    Aubrey Sheldon Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Wiley, you totally nailed it on this one! Needs to go VIRAL!

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    Vonne Anton  over 8 years ago

    Not gonna read all the comments on this one, too much to do. Just a quick brush over them has people assuming which side is science and which is everything else. How we interpret this merely reveals ourselves.

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    Dan Libby Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I tried to share this strip (Jan 20th) on FB twice and it tried to post the strip from Jan 16th (which is good also) I saved the strip and posted it myself. I think someone with an anti-science bias is messing with FB (!?)

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    Dan Libby Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Notice the ones choosing science are going past a bookshelf, picking up books and reading them. The other fork should have a TV

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    Kerovan  over 8 years ago

    Science changes it’s mind constantly about what is “right.”

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    johnschutt  over 8 years ago

    Wow. This strip is so filled with errors and misconceptions that it’s sad. Unfortunately, Wiley is following the worldview of “scientism” without doing any critical thinking. I’m wondering what observation of science lead to his conclusion that science = complex = right and everything else = simple = wrong? Clearly that’s not a conclusion of science. So, Wiley’s a hypocrite whose thinking is not guides by science but then he condems the very thought process that he follows. His views are simplistic, naive, arrogant, and uneducated view. And yea, my Ph.D. is in biology. Et tu Wiley?

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    Linguist  over 8 years ago

    It’s always easy to be a lemming and take the simple way out.

    The route to rationality is always solitary, long, hard and circuitous but rewarding in the end.

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    fotodik Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I guess he doesn’t believe in Occam’s razor

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    vwdualnomand  over 8 years ago

    is this why people think that eating carrots will give them night vision? or, how some people think that the flintstones are a documentary?

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    CaptXpendable  over 8 years ago

    “That is a very graphic analogy which aids understanding wonderfully while being, strictly speaking, wrong in every possible way” – Ponder Stibbons

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    JanLC  over 8 years ago

    Isn’t it amazing how a simple but accurate strip like this one can polarize the political parties? I don’t see Reps or Dems here, just human nature.

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    JimT8  over 8 years ago

    Plato/Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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    Brayne Pharte  over 8 years ago

    Rebuttal of sorts (not by me):

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    jahoody  over 8 years ago

    perhaps it’s a comment on our educational system, eh Wiley?

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    Godfreydaniel  over 8 years ago

    Jump With Trump!

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    Ernest Lemmingway  over 8 years ago

    I just had to add this to my favorites. It so neatly illustrates my own beliefs—particularly spiritual—that there are no easy answers in life.I tip my hat to you, Mr. Miller.

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    dflak  over 8 years ago

    First there is Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation that works is most likely to be correct.

    Then there is Murphy’s Blunt Instrument: the explanation that is the most complex and involves the most conspirators and coincidences is most likely to be believed.

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    danshen  over 8 years ago

    I wouldn’t exactly say that science is “right”, just progressively less wrong.

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    dk4662LZn  over 8 years ago

    Very Biblical…Mathew 7:13:“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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    GiantShetlandPony  over 8 years ago

    Science does not change to be convenient, it changes as hypothesis becomes theory and theory becomes fact. It’s a process of learning, experimenting, and accepting the facts whether it proves your theory or disproves it. As what happens often, a combination of both. Versus belief, where one can conveniently manipulate their beliefs and make up ‘facts’ to keep their heads up their…….. And it seems many people are happy to store their heads there. Whereas, Scientists that try to manipulate to get the facts they want, get caught as for science to be written as fact, it must be able to be replicated by others consistently. It’s not a one shot deal to be considered fact. Anyway. Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best: “The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it.”

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    mackenzie0158  over 8 years ago

    @James: While “erroneous and falsified scientific studies” do exist they are rare. What you may be including in your list are pseudoscience studies, or so-called studies by charlatans masquerading as scientists, but are in reality con artists with hidden agendas. These false studies are common in the business world and often emanate from corporate marketing departments and receive a rubber stamp from corporate “scientists” that develop results desired by upper management.

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    bigoldguy Premium Member over 8 years ago

    The road to the right is switchbacks going up a mountain.

    Oh, I used a microscope to look at the line of people going to the left, and I saw Jimmy Swaggart, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, the Pope, Dr. Ben Carson, Joel Osteen, and all of the people from the Creationist Museum across the river from me.

    Just kidding — maybe.

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    tammyspeakslife Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Can of worms opened and cannot close. I will not bite!

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    Raider Red Premium Member over 8 years ago

    I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a [partisan philosophical wasteland], and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

    (With apologies to Robert Frost . . .)

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    Ginny Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Local news is what drives the broadcasts here in San Diego. You would think the rest of the state is somewhere off in the ether. Being at the end of the state seems to stultify curiousity.

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    Sheila Hardie  over 8 years ago

    Wait, wait… I have to wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, get all dressed and presentable, make my own breakfast and coffee, go to work, AND you want me to THINK too?? Screw that. Too hard.

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    Emperor SterDog  over 8 years ago

    Jesus did this same illustration about find the truth that leads to life (everlasting) or the alternative.

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    Snoots  over 8 years ago

    Of course, scientists never lie, skew results, cheat, have hidden agendas, or anything like that which may impact their “findings”. Honest. You can trust them, always. Really.

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    holeshothunter  over 8 years ago

    That’s what makes deriding ‘simple but wrong’ so ridiculous: we’ll all go at about the same time. The same clif lurks in the distance, see? The difference? Some know why…some scream and cry…some simply deny; we’ll all just die. Earth Abides

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    TIMH  over 8 years ago

    That is why Trump leads the Republican pack.

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    kaffekup   over 8 years ago

    A couple of things I haven’t heard mentioned:Science isn’t the destination, it’s the path . If it leads to the wrong destination, someone will come along and correct it. 2015 and December, the warmest year and month since we started keeping records. The Big Bang isn’t predicated just on math. As the math predicts concrete evidence, and our measurements grow more accurate, we find the predictions to be true. And thanks for all the Bible quotes, but they mean nothing.

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    wherehaveallthetalentedartistsgone  over 8 years ago

    Now we know why the ideologies are called the Left and the Right.

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    Tarredandfeathered  over 8 years ago

    The cartoon left out the Short Cut to the Cliff for the “Faith Based” people who don’t Need to Wait for the “Answers” because God Whispered it into their ears.

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    ebrooks  over 8 years ago

    Actually there are very few of us religious folk that are sincere about it. Whatever happened to love your neighbor?

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    K M  over 8 years ago

    I’ve always been fond of the Readers Digest article that concluded by saying that when the scientists finally ascend to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge, they’ll find that the theologians have been there all the time waiting for them.

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