Category Archives: Science

Victims Of Their Own Success

These days, many people adamantly refuse to take a vaccine, claiming that the vaccine can do more harm than the illness it is meant to combat.  It is true that there is a risk of adverse reactions to vaccines, as … Continue reading

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The Sky Is Blue

OK, Captain Obvious here, trying to make a point. Some people who profess an interest in science make claims such as, “The sky isn’t really blue,” and then go on to explain how the sky really isn’t blue.  They’ll refer … Continue reading

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The Rise Of The Machines

Sometimes people worry that one day, artificial intelligence will get out of control, and intelligent machines will massacre us.  Maybe there will be an uprising of some sort.  Maybe they’ll just stop working for us and let us die out.

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Settled Science

Occasionally I will hear that some issue is “settled science.” Often it’s in the context of some controversial topic such as climate change. The consensus among climate scientists is that climate change is real and man-made. They tend to dismiss … Continue reading

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Grey Goo

There is a new and highly speculative concept of nanotechnology, the creation of functioning machines that are extremely small, possibly even microscopic. At the moment we are not able to make such machines, but some scientists consider it to be … Continue reading

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Tools and Rules

These are some basic principles I use to help sort through the various topics and suggested explanations. Using them can simplify discussions.

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The Revenge of Schrödinger’s Cat

Quantum theory has produced an assortment of results that fly in the face of common sense. Particles that can be waves, particles that can be in two places at once – or nowhere at all – our being unable to … Continue reading

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Relativistic Bullshit

There is a quotation that is going around, attributed to physicist Albert Einstein. It goes: Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that … Continue reading

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The Higgs Boson

At long last, physicists at CERN in Europe have found something that looks like the elusive Higgs Boson, also called the God Particle.  It seems to me that the physicists themselves are pleased, but not ecstatic.  It seems to be … Continue reading

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Mayan Calendar

A lot of people are concerned that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012 (give or take). They reason that the Mayan calendar ends on that day – or perhaps the day before. Once the calendar ends, … Continue reading

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