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Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Thoughts on Complicated Issues
by Jason Olshefsky at 6:50 pm (1 comment)

Dealing with complicated issues is a complicated issue. I find that it is impossible for a non-expert to rationally debate a complicated issue. Instead, it all comes down to belief.

Take global warming, for instance. There are people in the world who have spent their lives studying this: climatologists. As scientists (the real climatologists anyway) they posit a theory, test it against empirical evidence, publish the results, and let their peers (other real climatologists) analyze, critique, and collectively approve or reject it. The Wikipedia article references a separate page that cites hundreds of scientific organizations who collectively agree that the world is warming overall, the climatological system is changing, and that these changes are attributable to human activities. More conclusive, though, is that aside from four groups who stand by non-committal statements, "no scientific body of national or international standing has maintained a dissenting opinion" (the last was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists who updated their stance in 2007 with a non-committal statement.)

However, I am not a climatologist by any means. As such, I'm left to judge by belief alone: I believe that climatologists have studied this issue and agreed that humans are causing climate change, and that these climatologists do not have sufficient ulterior motives to lie. I don't think it's possible to predict exactly how these changes will manifest themselves, but as a believer that humans are well-suited to the current climatological situation, I can't see any change being likely to give advantage to us — almost all climatological changes will be unpleasant to our situation.

Some people choose instead to believe what they hear through the media, or from someone they respect (regardless of their true expertise as a climatologist), or from a celebrity or public figure, or from their personal experience, or from their non-climatological-expert analysis. Some believe much more strongly in the predictions than the assessment. But in all those differences, people are trying to debate with insufficient information. Belief is irrational and can't be debated: all that can be done is to explain one's rationale and listen to another's rationale and decide for yourself whether you want to change your mind.

Health care, on the other hand, has three sets of experts: one for the health facet, one for the money facet, and one for the moral facet: I have not encountered rigorous scientific analysis from any group, nor on the system as a whole. Doctors (while their medical practice is scientifically based) can only say that most people will live a comfortable life and may need temporary corrective care to maintain that, that any corrective effort is exponentially less severe the earlier it is started, and that a few people will require more constant care to permit a comfortable existence. Insurance companies and nations with nationalized health systems provide data indicating cost; as best I can tell, any system has approximately the same cost across its whole population. Finally, philosophers can provide the moral facet by asking, "is health valuable?" The answer transcends the other two groups as doctors' Hippocratic oath implicitly declares it so, and it is certainly a lucrative proposition as no parent would keep any wealth or a specific possession in preference to their child's life and health.

Without the benefit of a quality analysis, we are left to muddle through argument without full knowledge, again leaning on belief. Do we have more faith in government or corporations (as if they are different masters)? Should we help strangers? Will people we don't know exploit our generosity? Would we be willing to watch our own child die? Would we wish that on someone else?

My point of this exercise is to say that we all select where we get our knowledge and we use our beliefs to decide which knowledge informs our decisions. Implicit in that statement is my own belief that rational, reasoned discourse is the superior form of changing opinions.

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    Fly the flag today.Veteran's Day

    Bastienne Schmidt will present a lecture as part of the Wish You Were Here series at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) tonight at 6 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bertrand Russell Society meets tonight at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

    Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is continuing its Festival of New Theatre 2010 with House on Stilts tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Lake Effect Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. [source: Geva Theatre website]

    JayceLand Pick Over at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. is Ossia New Music. [source: Ossia New Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Let the Good Times Roll starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "this underappreciated 'rockumentary' revolves around a 1973 revival tour of 1950s heavyweight rock 'n' roll entertainers, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, The Shirelles, and The Coasters." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting fantastic ska-influenced, synth-laden pop/rock from SPORTSMySpace link, Pretty Birds That KillMySpace link, and Josh NetskyMySpace link starting around 8:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre KingsMySpace link will be at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]


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    Today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The South Presbyterian Church (4 E. Henrietta Rd.) is a Holiday Bazaar with used items, hand-made items, baked goods, silent auctions, and raffles. [source: RocWiki calendar]

    JayceLand Pick The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) will be hosting a Happy Hour tonight at 5 p.m. featuring beers from The Ithaca Beer Co. (606 Elmira Rd., Ithaca). [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    Watkins and the Rapiers play Happy Hour at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by Ca$hbackMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

    Tonight at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting at 6 p.m. is A Taste of Love and Betrayal. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) will be hosting Patent PendingMySpace link, The Street Scene, Contrast Quartet, and fun ska from Mrs. Skannotto starting around 6 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    Top Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., The Little (240 East Ave.) is screening The Beast Pageant — an evocative, dreamlike film about a man reconnecting with his natural side with the help of his miniature cowboy doppelgänger which suddenly bursts from his side one day. (And I'm in the film, helped with the sets, and helped produce it.) [source: Little Theatre calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) is Giada ValentiMySpace link starting around 7 p.m. [source: Harro East calendar]

    The Eastman Wind Ensemble will be at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Nine Nation Animation starting at 8 p.m. featuring nine short animated films from around the world. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (99 Court St.) starting around 10 p.m. is great, fun 1960's-styled rock band The Hi-RisersMySpace link. [source: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que calendar]


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    Anderson Alley Artists (250 Goodman St. N.) will be having another open house this and every second Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

    Today starting at 2 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) is a DIY Fest of sharing skills. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    The Strathallan (550 East Ave.) will be hosting Honest JohnMySpace link, and Super Sarah starting around 5 p.m. [source: WBER calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Coffee Connection (681 South Ave., formerly the Women's Coffee Connection) starting around 5 p.m. is Sparkles, and Left Socrates. [source: Facebook]

    The Wild Geese will play at Johnny's Irish Pub (1382 Culver Rd., still smoke-free) tonight at 7 p.m. for Johnny's 13th Anniversary Party. [source: Johnny's Irish Pub calendar]

    At 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Community Center (JCC) (1200 Edgewood Ave.) is a performance by Unleashed! Improv. [source: RocWiki calendar]

    Tonight at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is The Tin Can SetMySpace link, and DriftwoodMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Valhalla Rising starting at 8 p.m. in which "a mute warrior of supernatural strength [escapes] his Norse captors with the aid of a slave boy." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is Hero DestroyedMySpace link, The Iron ThronesMySpace link, The Curl and DragMySpace link, and A Viking FuneralMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (300 Park Point Dr., #110) is Chris TrapperMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]


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    Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Dome Center (E. Henrietta Rd. and Calkins Rd.) is The Rochester Collectible and Vintage Toy Show. [source: RocWiki calendar]

    JayceLand Pick Today at 2 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is Show and Tell: Psychedelic — "bring in your own psychedelic artwork and collectibles to share and discuss (no appraisals). Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s." [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

    Joe Blackburn will play the Aeolian pipe organ at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) for today's Musicale at 3 p.m. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Over at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) starting around 6 p.m. is Brandon SchmittMySpace link, and The Yöù-Tù. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website]

    Starting at 7 p.m. today at The Harro East Theatre and Ballroom (155 North Chestnut St.) is The Miss Gay Rochester Pageant. [source: Gay Alliance website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Only Angels Have Wings starting at 7 p.m. "Cary Grant stars as the head of a broken-down air mail and freight service who must contend with hazardous missions, treacherous mountains, and two desiring women, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. is Sarah Harmer. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    JayceLand Pick The Powder KegsMySpace link, CommunipawMySpace link, and Dreams from GinMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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    JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is HotChaChaMySpace link, AnamanaguchiMySpace link, Revengineers, and StarscreamMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) is Jason Kao Hwang starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar] [all ages]

    Tonight at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Wind Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]


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    This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

    JayceLand Pick Today at The Cinema TheatreMySpace link (957 South Clinton Ave.) starting at 7 p.m. is Temple Grandin — a documentary about a woman successfully living with Autism. [source: Reel Mind Film Series brochure]

    Tonight at The Auditorium Center (875 Main St E.) is Joe BonamassaMySpace link starting around 7:30 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester]

    Ben KwellerMySpace link, and Julia NunesMySpace link will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Love 'Em and Leave 'Em starting at 8 p.m. — an early comedy about two dueling sisters with live piano accompaniment by Dr. Philip C. Carli. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting Dave and Marrissa, Caleb SpauldingMySpace link, and Stereophone starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) will be hosting Steve Lyons starting around 9 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

    JayceLand Pick Today from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Carol Roberts will be hosting Stand-Up Comedy at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]


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    JayceLand Pick Today at German House (315 Gregory St.) is a Beer Tasting featuring beers from Custom Brewcrafters (93 Papermill St., Honeoye Falls) starting at 6 p.m. [source: Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association e-mail] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Tonight at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a Story Slam hosted by Carol Roberts starting at 7 p.m. [source: the proverbial grapevine] [all ages]

    JayceLand Pick Representatives from The Saranac-Matt Brewing Company (811 Edward St., Utica, formerly The FX Matt Brewing Company) will be at The Tap and Mallet (381 Gregory St.) tonight at 8 p.m. for a Beer Social. [source: Tap and Mallet website]

    JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Monterey Pop starting at 8 p.m. documenting the "legendary California music festival that took place at the height of the Summer of Love". [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

    Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is ExemptionMySpace link, and Psychopath. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

    Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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