Physicists Detect Gravity Waves, Lifting the Veil on the Beginning of the Universe. I could have sworn I posted about this before. I guess perhaps not? Fascinating stuff.
Archive for the 'Human Condition' Category
How Americans Die. It's a nice presentation. With some surprising information on suicide in particular.
I'm writing the gist of this in the future by a few days. I just had a conversation with someone I respected. He equated - because his religion compels him to - homosexuality with child molestation. He steadfastly believes that homosexuality is 100% choice, and is never biological. He's quite firm on that point. I […]
I have no clue what's going on in the Ukraine. And now I do.
The Myth Of The Bell Curve: Look For The Hyper-Performers
The NYTimes has the piece: N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay. I'm glad to see that we're moving in the right direction. Even as little as five years ago, this would have been a bigger story than it is today. Asked if he was nervous about the step he is […]
Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate. I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.
Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity. More than once, Bill Nye addressed the […]
I once told Carey that Natalie had to "learn to fail." She reacted strongly at the time, basically telling me that I was stupid, and what did I know about failing at anything? I've learned a lot about failing, and it's important to learn to fail. You can't learn how to avoid future failures if […]
I don't understand the "I'm not vaccinating my child" position.
The NSA: An Inside View reminds me of the conversations I've had with my wife about liberties, storing emails, etc. She has said "They can keep and read all my emails, I don't care. I'm not doing anything wrong and I'm boring." I'm more on the side of don't talk to the police (though not […]
"We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control." - Inscription, 6000 year-old Egyptian tomb "When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and […]
Science education vs. high-profile ignorance | Ars Technica In what passes for political discourse in the US these days, state school board hearings provided citizens with the opportunity to accuse the new standards of being simultaneously fascism and socialism. The Courier-Journal quotes a Baptist minister as saying, "Outsiders are telling public school families that we […]
When you're old, things seem to rush by. Why? Possible answer: because we stop learning. It’s simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again. Learn something that requires sustained effort; do something novel.
Steve Jobs did it. Einstein supposedly did it. Even Charlie Brown did it. So did this woman, for a year, and she wrote about it.