Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.
 

Why Do Stupid People Not Realize They Are Stupid?

A bonus second evening pause: Considering some of the foolishness being imposed on free Americans by clearly stupid politicians, their minions in various government bureaucracies, and much of the mainstream media (as illustrated by tonight’s first satirical evening pause), I thought it worthwhile to post this short video, explaining the Dunning Kruger effect. I also thought it especially worthwhile to post, prior to the election.

The solution for everyone, no matter your intelligence, is to be humble, to always consider the possibility you could be wrong. Do that, and you will take the first step in recognizing when you do stupid things.

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17 comments

  • pzatchok

    Why Do Stupid People Not Realize They Are Stupid?

    I ask this question every day.

    The best one lately.
    We were in a weekly company meeting everyone was required to keep their masks on.
    At the end of the meeting the one new girl asked why they smelled like poop when she wore them?

  • LocalFluff

    Every time I turn on Fox News, your president is having another great rally. Is he doing this twice a day now? Wasn’t he in Florida or was it North Carolina just a few hours ago. Now in Ohio.

    In my culture we don’t appreciate people like that.
    “- If you work hard, then our teacher/boss/customer/investor will expect us to work hard too. Do you wanna be *special*? Either you won’t, or we’ll make sure that you aren’t.”
    https://streamable.com/76czlg

  • LocalFluff

    Thatcher, weighed down by another coal miners’ strike and opposition within her own party, and now Argentina having invaded the Falkland Islands. Opens the closet to pick her nightgown. And there stands the Sea Lord in full uniform
    ” – Oh, I’ve forgotten that you are still here. Could you retake the Falklands?
    – We can set sail in 48 hours!
    – But what will the Argentine navy do when you get there?
    – They will go to home port and stay there!”

    She reaches over his shoulder and says:
    “- I think I will wear the azure blue one tonight. Oh and you, please do retake my island. And beat up the kaffers or whoever inhabit that continent of my empire. Hard.
    – I will, I always have. I should know Sir, because I’ve always been here.”

  • John

    Hey! I resemble that remark!

  • Ian C.

    LocalFluff,

    “Is he doing this twice a day now?”

    Yes. High Energy.

    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/events/

    “In my culture we don’t appreciate people like that.”

    Is this really your culture or just the office culture of (mediocre or disillusioned) “team players” that applies to fellow team members but not the leaders?

  • Edward

    pzatchok asked: “Why Do Stupid People Not Realize They Are Stupid?

    Most people aren’t as smart as they think they are. I, myself, don’t come close to almost being nearly as smart as I think I am, but I am OK with that because it still leaves me plenty of room to be the smartest person in the world.

    “You know me to be a very smart man. Don’t you think if I were wrong, I’d know it?”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK6oGi5g4QE (1 minute)

  • LocalFluff

    @Ian C.
    Oh yeah, it’s called the law of Jante and is the core of Scandinavian culture (the Finns are different). Even Christianity didn’t change that. It is solidarity, everyone in a group sink to the level of the one who is worst. That’s the easiest way to make everyone equal, which of course is the meaning of life. It has worked because all Swedes have always been very much alike, we never had any immigration at all since the ice age ended. Now with millions of muslims, the majority in most schools, it leads to a total societal break down. No one can “assimilate” into this culture, and this culture cannot cooperate with anyone who is different,
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante

    Americans stick out in Scandinavia. They talk alot, that’s bad, nothing good could come from that. And they say how much they earn and what they paid for their car. Money is a taboo subject in Scandinavia, because monies can make people unequal, which is forbidden and at least has to be kept quiet. And bragging is the worst of sins.

  • m d mill

    Isn’t calling anyone “stupid” name calling? Isn’t that forbidden on BTB?

  • LocalFluff

    Do I hear Joe Biden correctly?
    “We have put together the most extensive VOTER FRAUD organization in the history of American politics”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu7Zrp0gkbQ

    At least he’s honest and straight forward. I like him better already!

    In negotiation with Vladimir Putin:
    “- Your minister of defense is actually our agent! Oops, was I not supposed to say that?”

  • m d mill: Calling everyone stupid, including myself, is merely trying to illustrate the importance of remaining humble. If you don’t see the difference, or refuse to, you might need to watch the video a few more times.

  • m d mill

    That is a disingenuous response IMO. You said ” Considering some of the foolishness being imposed on free Americans by clearly stupid politicians, their minions in various government bureaucracies, and much of the mainstream media…..” This was clearly not referring to yourself or everyone but those in those fields you think are “stupid”. Calling someone “stupid”
    is name calling. But you defend it (as I thought you would), just as you once defended using a word meaning human excrement (which one cannot use here) on a widely broadcast radio show (the John Batchelor show) rather than admit was a mistake. You have “name called” here many times when you are understandably particularly frustrated by the actions of certain groups without accusing anyone in paricular (just as you did above)…which is not so egregious an act, and was not note worthy. Why not say it was a mistake and you will try to refrain in order to adhere to the spirit of the BTB policy. Or you can simply respond “it’s is good to be King” and will do what you want on your website.

    When I was told I could not use the words mask phobic (borderline) psychotics (which i did not accuse anyone of being, although i do believe they exist) , upon reflection, accepted this without comment as being over the line and overly inflammatory, although I thought it was within the guidelines at the time, since no one was accused, and such people do exist, IMO.

  • wayne

    “Jordan Peterson vs Peter Jordanson”
    Joe Rogan Experience (pre-spotify)
    https://youtu.be/buD2RM0xChM
    5:07

  • m d mill: You are free to find somewhere else to comment.

    Calling politicians stupid for stupid policies is perfectly okay. I don’t have much problem with that, including having you call politicians I might support stupid as well. In fact, it is a hallowed American tradition to belittle the political class. Read Tocqueville. He noticed it in 1834.

    What my rules are intended to stop is the use of insults against other commenters as a debate tactic. If you disagree with someone, you must justify the position rationally. When you argued for masks, all was fine (though you know I strongly disagree with you). When you choose to call all those who do disagree with you “phobic psychotics” however you crossed the line, since the way you wrote your comment it came across very clearly as if you were specifically referring to both me and other commenters.

    There is a distinction. I want my readers who comment to have a civilized discussion. That in fact is the only way we can persuade each other of our positions. When instead people resort to insults and ugly viciousness they not only fail to achieve that, they also lower our entire civilization because it tends to cause the same reaction in response.

  • mpthompson

    It’s not so much that I believe politicians are stupid, but rather they believe the voting public is too stupid to see through the self-serving absurdities they push to solve the “problem du jour”. The media only serves to reinforce this belief because it serves their own partisan purposes. Within this positive feedback loop between the political elite and the media, reality will eventually intrude and events like the 2016 election will happen. However, instead of reflecting upon what lessons could be learned from that event, the political elite and media have instead seemed to double down on their strategy of overestimating how stupid the public really is and they will again be surprised by the 2020 election.

  • Bernard

    m d mill,
    Zimmerman doesn’t care if people threaten to kill Democratic politicians here. He certainly won’t care about calling them stupid.

  • I must also add that I have never claimed to be perfect. I screw up all the time, and have admitted as much several times. I take the video at the top of this video most seriously.

  • Spectrum Shift

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