Category Archives: Science

Musings: The Sky; Living in History

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LQCs: Replacement theory, High School biology, Y2K, Macho puffery

The New Yorker, Kathleen Belew (assistant professor of history at U of Chicago) interviewed by Isaac Chotiner, 15 May 2022: Making Sense of the Racist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, subtitled, “An expert on the white-power movement and the ‘great replacement’ … Continue reading

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LQCs: The New Era of Reducing Civil Rights, via Religious Reactionaries

So we are now in an era when the Supreme Court — driven by religious reactionaries — is *taking away* rights rather than ensuring they apply to all people. What’s next? as many are asking. Right to marry? To segregate? … Continue reading

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Daniel C. Dennett, BREAKING THE SPELL, post 3

A few more notes, and quotes.

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LQCs: Making Prohibitions vs. Solving Problems

Big news today is that a draft of a Supreme Court decision about abortion was leaked, by someone, and the draft indicates an intention to completely overturn Roe v. Wade. As everyone’s been expecting for some time now. The shock … Continue reading

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LQCs: Next Steps on Climate Change

Two or three major items to cover, from this past week, but for today just this one, apropos my review of the David Wallace-Wells book.

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David Wallace-Wells, THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH, post 2

Resuming my summary outline from yesterday’s post.

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David Wallace-Wells, THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH, post 1

Opening lines: It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening at all, and comes to us bundled with several others … Continue reading

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LQCs: Orientation and Gender; Life at Beginning and End

When you are certain of your position on some controversial issue, it’s worth considering the counterpoint to that issue, and how you would justify your position on that, to see if your positions are logically consistent.

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Carl Sagan, PALE BLUE DOT (1994), post 2

I posted about my favorite two parts of this book a week ago, in this post, and today will post a complete outline of the book based on my notes as I read, somewhat edited and slimmed down.

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