grasspunk: Do people really believe that fires are good for you? Fun and romantic, maybe, but not good. The main reason to base your heating on wood was cost. There also seems to be a bit of confusion between recreation fire use and with data from regular fire use in dense urban areas. The people that might be romantic about fires don’t run them very often. I guess there could be a slippery slope: romantic fires could lead to harder fire use and addiction.
Dave: Jesus loves humanity and desires to reconcile himself to fallen man. Repent of your sins against God’s law and rejoice that God sent His Son to save you!
Bruce: Hope they send martian sawgrass. And some of that tnuctipun air plant. And Al Gore: somebody’s got to save the Moon’s ecology.
Guy: “…By converting from a two-way stop control mechanism to a roundabout, a location can experience an 82 percent reduction in severe (injury/fatal) crashes and a 44 percent reduction in overall crashes…” Even if the two-way stop in question experiences a total yearly traffic of three vehicles a month. Yes, even if the intersection is out on the middle of nowhere and farm animals cross the pavement more often than vehicles do, it’s necessary to eminent domain 20 acres of...
Bruce Charlton: “Our Greatest Political Novelist?” Objectively, it would have to be George Orwell, since he is the only one that a lot of people read. (Although personally I don’t much like either of his two great political novels; I do love his essays, however.)
William Newman: I wonder whether this is another delusion warring it out with the delusion it attacks. I find it very plausible that people are overfond of fireplaces for irrational reasons. But 70% of smoke reenters buildings? From eyeballing the amount of soot deposited (noting lots of interiors have very light walls) and remembering typical patterns of chimney smoke seen from outside people’s homes, and remembering that I’ve never heard of a remarkably high figure for residences slurping...
Isegoria: The delusion is the heartfelt belief that a wood fire is good for you — since it smells and feels so good and has been good for thousands of years. The problem is that it’s not an unalloyed good. In our natural environment, having a fire is much, much better than the alternative of freezing in the dark as predators approach. In our modern environment, it’s a (mildly) toxic alternative to cleaner sources of heat and light.
Hephaestus: The example shows what it is like for someone, including the nonbeliever, “to suffer an unhappy collision with scientific rationality.” The atheist who uses a fireplace is informed by the dry facts of modern science that he is a fool for the innocuous act of burning wood in a fireplace. Get with the times, fire kills! Modern science provides a safer form of heat! Cast off the needless ritual of building a fire! Why are you comforted sitting next to the fire, hearing the crackle of...
Abelard Lindsey: The problem with Kim Stanley Robinson is not his politics. It’s that he is boring. I stopped reading his novels for the simple reason I could not finish them due to sheer boredom.
Grasspunk: Where’s the delusion? Does this only work on city people that have a fireplace and central heating? I don’t get it.