The shave has been completed and photos will be up soon, hopefully with a video as well :-)
It's a very odd feeling, air con feels like someone is throwing ice at my head, but it doesn't look too bad.
I just want to thank everyone once again. The total right now is $1010, rocketing past the $500 goal. I am blown away at the level of support everyone has given.
Donations are still open if you still want to give - https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=512357
Thank you, thank you, thank you
Many users on the various Science Communities on Google+ wonder Why was I banned?, Why are my comments deleted?, or Why was my post quickly removed?. Quite often we, the moderators, are confronted by these users claiming that the moderators censor information outside of the mainstream scientific press.
Yes, we do delete content that comes from outside the mainstream scientific press. We ban members that assert their opinion as fact even though the moderators, who are experts in their selected fields, continuously point them in the correct direction. I struggle to continuously argue the basics of climate change with individuals that receive their facts from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity.
I am an expert in how water flows between the Atmosphere, Surface, and Subsurface because I have devoted the past decade learning Fluid Mechanics, Physical Hydrology, and Land Surface Interactions. My opinion on groundwater, climate change, and near-surface interactions counts more than the average layman. I reached my opinions by learning from the top research scientists and from my own personal research.
Tom Nichols wrote an article titled The Death Of Expertise desribing exactly what happens on the various online communities and comment sections. In his conclusion he finished with 5 main points:
1-> We can all stipulate: the expert isn’t always right.
2-> But an expert is far more likely to be right than you are. On a question of factual interpretation or evaluation, it shouldn’t engender insecurity or anxiety to think that an expert’s view is likely to be better-informed than yours. (Because, likely, it is.)
3-> Experts come in many flavors. Education enables it, but practitioners in a field acquire expertise through experience; usually the combination of the two is the mark of a true expert in a field. But if you have neither education nor experience, you might want to consider exactly what it is you’re bringing to the argument.
4-> In any discussion, you have a positive obligation to learn at least enough to make the conversation possible. The University of Google doesn’t count. Remember: having a strong opinion about something isn’t the same as knowing something.
5-> And yes, your political opinions have value. Of course they do: you’re a member of a democracy and what you want is as important as what any other voter wants. As a layman, however, your political analysis, has far less value, and probably isn’t — indeed, almost certainly isn’t — as good as you think it is.
The Death of Expertise -> http://thefederalist.com/2014/01/17/the-death-of-expertise/
Pie Chart on Climate Change -> http://www.jamespowell.org/
A big thanks to everyone that donated, to for allowing me to get my head shaved in the office and of course the great people at +TheEmporiumBarber (https://www.facebook.com/TheEmporiumBarber) for coming in and shaving me.
I was unsure if I would raise the $500 goal but I never dreamed that I would raise over $1000 for the . It's been an amazing time and I really can't thank everyone enough.
If you would still like to donate, you can do so here - https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=512357
Please, if you know someone having a baby, or even if you just haven't had your booster shots for a while, get vaccinated. It truly saves lives.
- University of LeicesterElectronic and Software Engineering, 2000 - 2003
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