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The Fatal Science Flaw of the Premise of Interstellar

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

This is a repeat of an article I originally posted at Amazing Stories. There have already been a lot of scientists and science popularizers and others looking at the science of Christopher Nolan’s ambitious film Interstellar. Kip Thorne, the eminent Caltech scientist powering much of the science, has written a book and there’s even a […]

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Superheroic Science!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I took the weekend off the big proposal deadline Friday. I’ll do a starlinks post soon, but in the meantime, the video of my recent talk in Gillette, WY, on the science of superheroes is now available. Enjoy! Comments welcome. Share/Bookmark

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The Science in the Movie Gravity: an Interview with Science Consultant Kevin R. Grazier

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I have my interview up at Amazing Stories today. Why not click through there, read it, and leave a comment if so motivated? Share/Bookmark

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Science Meetings

Friday, September 13th, 2013

So I just got back yesterday from the “50 Years of Quasars” meeting. Weather was bad (you may have heard about the flooding in Colorado) and it was a fair amount of time and money to attend. So many things can be done with the internet and video…why attend a meeting any more? I got […]

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50 Years of Science, Science Fiction, and Speculation

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

This week, the great science fiction writer Frederick Pohl died. If you haven’t read Gateway, that would be a great book to start with. He was nearly 50 years older than me. The changes he saw growing up and into his 40s, and then the additional 50 years, was just astounding. This week, I also […]

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The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

When I went to college at Rice University, I became aware of a 100 point “Purity Test” designed to determine how pure you were. Of course in college, the goal was to not be all that pure, but not to have so low a score you were embarrassed. Similarly, there has been discussions about “fake […]

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Ridiculous “Reporting” in the News and the Naturalistic Fallacy

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I was directed to this article at NaturalNews.com about the artificial sweetener Aspartame.  The headline is “Patent confirms that aspartame is the excrement of GM bacteria.” So what? Natural mutations have been modifying the genetics of lifeforms since the dawn of life on Earth. One creature’s excrement has long been another’s feast. Lots of food […]

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Now an NPR Article Dumping on Pinker and “Scientism”

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The article is The Power of Science and the Danger of Scientism by Adam Frank, posted yesterday. To the extent I can follow this wordy but shallow critique of Pinker, it has something to do with how the power of science has made us “overvalue explanations.” And the power of science means we do need […]

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Science, Scientism, and the Humanities

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Steven Pinker has a rich, articulate, and inspiring view of science and “scientism” at the New Republic, in which he implores those in the humanities to welcome scientific thinking and techniques into their fields. He has very strong and specific arguments in support of his position, too. My friend Christian Ready has a warm response […]

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Science and Technology = Freedom

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

We don’t always realize it, however. I myself feel like I’m beset by obligations all the time, shackled to various pieces of work or obligation. It’s all an illusion, however. We have the freedom, now in 2013, to do more than we ever had before. We can watch any of a hundred channels on TV. […]

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Science Music Videos Two Ways

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The first is a NASA parody of Gangnam style: The second, without the millions of hits of the former, is from an innovative education program: I still miss Hubble Gotchu though…is that still available somewhere? It’s been pulled from the places I can find.   Share/Bookmark

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Headed up to the local observatory for the next few nights observing, overseeing some summer students working on a project.  Should be fun! Let’s start with a more specific, updated version of the Drake equation.  I like how this highlights recent advances in our understanding and observational abilities. Buzz Aldrin pushing for Mars colonization.  I’d […]

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