Science and myth

Passed on by Gregory Ward, this New Yorker daily cartoon for yesterday, by Christopher Weyant:


Echoes of realiity-based vs. faith-based. From a posting of 12/12/14:

The term reality-based was coined in opposition to faith-based (relying on faith, assumption, or ideology)

with a quotation attributed to Karl Rove, saying that some people were

“in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

The cartoonist is new to this blog. From his website:

Christopher Weyant is a native of New Jersey and product of twelve years of Catholic School.  Both experiences led to a life of humor and satire.

A cartoonist for The New Yorker, Chris’ work has been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, books and online, and he has worked on numerous national advertising campaigns.

A penguin cartoon from Weyant:


And a Weyant that’s interesting from the point of view of what it takes to understand a cartoon:


To start with, you need to recognize (from their appearance) that the two figures are American generals, talking about cuts in the U.S. military budget. Then you need to recognize that the building behind them resembles the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense (located in Arlington County VA, just outside the District of Columbia) — except that the Pentagon is five-sided (hence the name), while the building behind the figures is only three-sided. Presumably as the result of those budget cuts (40% cuts?).

That’s a lot of background knowledge.

One Response to “Science and myth”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    I read #1 as also being a riff on “pro-life” for “anti-abortion”.

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