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Weekend Diversion: Fill-in-the-blanks

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” -Paul Cezanne All over the world, hundreds of millions of families are getting together this weekend for a variety of reasons. And a large number of them will have, as part of their nature, a big announcement made. Depending on…

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” -Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do…

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” -Marie Curie Most of us remember the importance of being charitable on a few rare occasions throughout the year, most commonly around the year’s…

“Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don’t think that gender applies to them: that it’s a subject for girls.” -Louise Brown You know the stereotype, perpetrated throughout the United States…

“Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.” -Carl Sagan (This post is coauthored by Dr. Peter Thieberger, Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National…

Exposing a Climate Science Fraud

“After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, ‘Lies – damned lies – and statistics,’ still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.” -Leonard Courtney, 1895 “The first and worst of all…

Science could have it all wrong. But…

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” -C. S. Lewis Many of you are a little bit skeptical that I talk about things like the History…

On Being What You Want, and Bigotry

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery For me, personally, it isn’t the endless immensity of the seas that calls. It’s the endless immensity of…

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” -Rabbi Hillel As you all know, it has been one week since the devastating earthquake first struck Japan. And the damage is simply horrific. The death toll is in the…

Weekend Diversion: Stand Up, Wisconsin!

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of…