Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Search it!

Lynn was quite surprised when her DNA results indicated Native American blood.  She doesn't look Native American but she has some Taino ancestors, a tribe in the area of the Caribbean islands. She was interested in knowing more about the tribe, especially in pre-Columbus days.  I searched Google and found some of their music.

Some people fear practicing still meditation.  They think it may undermine their religious faith.  I searched Google for "Baptist meditation", "Episcopal meditation", "Presbyterian meditation" and found many references and discussions for each of those topics.

Recently, a friend said that she couldn't talk to me since I was revealing opinions and practices not in accord with her deeply held beliefs.  She was actually joking and has continued to talk to me but her words reminded me of a general practice of expecting members of a group to avoid opinions and people who hold them that run counter to the group's creeds or leader's indications.

This rather brings up the question not of free speech but of free listening.  Maybe we should throw in a reference to free reading, too. In today's world, there are very few subjects that Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and other search engines can't connect a search to at least some information about.  Try it: think of a weird subject or even a combination of letters and try searching for it. "Salted pictures" returns 20 million hits. I have no idea what is being meant by the term but something is. Likely, several things.  "Algebraic stones" returns 634,000 hits.

It can be frustrating to try to think of a new name or term that isn't already in use.  I am often called "Bill" although that name does not appear on my birth certificate. "How many men in the world are called Bill?" returns 485,000,000 hits.  I didn't look at all of them but I know I may be unique but my name isn't.

I don't have unlimited energy and I only keep up with Google a little bit.  I have seen that Google can give answers to personal questions. "Should I have my tonsils out?" gives 6.9 million results.  Whatever the question, modern search software can give some answers. Not necessarily good answers or personally helpful ones but some answers.  

With any puzzle or worry or possible venture, you can ask your mate, your banker or your mother about it.  But you can also spending hours procrastinating with Google.

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