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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

SCIENCE AND EVIDENTIAL TRUTH

SCIENCE CONSISTS of following evidence in seeking truth. This succinct characterization comes from comments made by Rush Holt, in his editorial “Democracy’s Plight,” in Science, February 1, 2019. “Observers,” Holt … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

MARY JANE AND VOC EMISSIONS

I ENJOY CALLING it Mary Jane for old times sake. Marijuana is in the news these days because its production could worsen the emissions of VOCs, volatile organic compounds. Jason … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

ENGLISH CLERGY—ONE, A ROGUE; ANOTHER, A SCIENTIST PART 3

THE STUDENT Thomas Espin was highly motivated by viewing the Great Comet of 1874. Even in 1888 when appointed the vicar of Tow Law, in England’s northern County Durham, he … Continue reading

February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

ENGLISH CLERGY—ONE, A ROGUE; ANOTHER, A SCIENTIST PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE encountered a real rogue of an English prelate. Today and tomorrow in Parts 2 and 3, we meet another member of the English clergy, one who was honored … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

PLAGIARISM AT INTEGRITY MEETING

TODAY’S IRONY AWARD at SimanaitisSays honors actions described in the borrowed headline above. It sounds like something in a Tom Lehrer song. However, the headline appeared in the January 18, … Continue reading

January 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

ON SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM—AND MY FACEBOOK IDENTITY

THE ECONOMIC TERM “surveillance capitalism” is new to me, but it reminds me that Big Tech has developed an insidious business model—the selling of us. That is, forget the jazz … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · 3 Comments

SEVERAL MATHEMATICAL ETYMOLOGIES

WORDS IN MATHEMATICS have precise meanings. No surprise, this. And sometimes their etymologies have good tales to tell. Let’s look at “theorem,” and two of its related terms, “corollary” and … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · 2 Comments