Science on TV is really bad

I used to watch Lost in Space as a kid. As a kid I was fascinated with the series. However when I tried to watch it as an adult I found it unwatchable.

Part of the reason is that I have a better understanding of science and now the writing and plots seem ridiculous. For example in one episode they saw a comet and one of the characters said that she could feel the heat of it, even though the robot estimated it was an hour away. Now unless that comet is a sun, there is no way that it can be on fire like a piece of wood and being an hour away even if it were in heat, it couldn’t be felt due to the atmosphere. Not only that but comets are normally ice and a comet trail is formed as the sun or heat melts it.

It isn’t just old shows from the 50’s, but also new modern shows that should now better. Almost every science fiction show throws away science and logic with a regularity that insults its viewers. I can’t watch an episode of Star Trek, Star Wars, Sliders, SG1, Dr. Who, etc without this happening. I think writers need to take a science class and also a memory class. For example, when you watch an episode you watch them earlier violate something they later claim is impossible.

SG1 for example says that you can’t remove an unwilling symbiote without killing the host. Yet in one of their episodes they showed this being done by one of their allies. In that episode they said they “found a way” yet the people who found a way were allies of the humans, and knew it all along. Why didn’t they share this which would have helped their human allies? All the time shows create artificial situations that are not logical and are not reasonable.

I said in an earlier post that when you re-watch an episode you discover the flaws in that episode. Now with Netflix/Hulu we are re-watching our favorite episodes and realizing their flaws and problems. I bet that in the future maybe 20 years or so, we will be able to edit episodes like Star Trek or Dr. Who and with virtual reality place our self inside this narrative. Not quite the holodeck, but a visual representation where we fix the flaws of our favorite episodes.

For example in Star Wars how could Yoda stay hidden on Dagobauh? Darth Vader said he felt Luke’s presence in the force from a ship far away. He certainly would have been past that planet at some time in his career. Are you saying that he couldn’t feel his force power? Or when the emperor is surprised that Vader turns on him? He didn’t think that this might be a situation where Vader might be tested? It seems like writers forget that the rules they set up apply, and then try to suspend them when there is no logical way to save Luke. Luke should have died in the scenario. Someone whose heart was hardened by the thousands/millions of people Vader killed should not be bothered if he kills his son. He had been trying to kill him for years himself. What happened to Vader? Was the villain having a touch of humanity still some kind of philosophical meaning as opposed to the reality of killers who once they start serial killing, tend to pick up steam?

TV is a fantasy, but increasingly it has very little base in reality. Obviously they are going for what sells, but why are we accepting this nonsensical garbage?

Book Review: Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora

This book seeks to explore, in a single, short convenient text, the complex relationship between Africa and the Americas from the early sixteenth century through the end of the twentieth century. Beginning with a preview of the relations between Africa and Europe prior to 1500

Source: Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black Diaspora: Michael L. Conniff, Thomas J. Davis: 9781930665682: Amazon.com: Books

I didn’t like this book. Avoid. It had lots of facts, but was short on giving a perspective on what day-to-day life was. You can not intellectualize such a horrific experience. It completely misses the point.

Fortunately this was only a few dollars at Goodwill. I am continually disappointed about books about the black experience. They miss the difficulty and heart ache that millions of blacks feel. When I worked with Blacks they knew that their race set them apart and that they were not treated the same way. Let me give you an example.

One time I was working on Saturday with two black coworkers and two police cars pulled up the building. At the same time an alarm went off in the building, so naturally they had to be related. As we all looked out the window at the police cars pulling up I said to my two coworkers, “Who wants to greet the police?” They both said to me “You better since your white it will probably go better.” The police offers were white and this was immediately after some tragic situation where a black person lost their life that the media shared. So I went down and spoke with the officers. It turns out that I had accidentally tripped a building alarm since I left the door to the outside open too long. I explained that I worked in the building and offered to show an ID and that I had opened a door and the alarm went off. A white guy showed up shortly after I was telling the officers this and I repeated it to him. He worked in another office in the building. He said that they had a robbery in the past so upgraded the security and was afraid it happened again. He told the police they could go and proceeded to check his office security.

I went back to my coworkers and explained the situation. They were on the way down to make sure I didn’t have any problems since it was taking me awhile. Time after time, I have listened to stories from black coworkers in which they were targeted for their color.

Another example. I had a boss who was well dressed and mannered person. He took the train to work and told me that the police officer at the train station had been eying him. He said that he was sure that the officer was going to approach him and it turns out he was right. A few days later he shared that the police officer approached him and asked him why he was so dressed up and where he was going and asked to search his bag. He said the officer suspected he was a drug dealer, and that it wasn’t normal for him to be in the nice neighborhood he was in and wearing nice clothes and that raised suspicion. As a white man I have never had the experience of the police bothering me like this or any other way. Isn’t this sad and frustrating that this is a common experience just because of something you can’t control like your skin color?