Monday, March 5, 2018
I met Dan Stallsworth in 1974. I had trouble understanding him, his speech distorted by the random muscle twitches and spasms symptomatic of his disability. His whole life has entailed a struggle to communicate. In his first few days at the United Cerebral Palsy Center (a school and sheltered workshop), he was placed into the “trainable” class. At his first opportunity, he crawled, pulling himself along by his elbows, across the hall into the advanced class. His determination was rewarded. I mean, what were they going to do, drag him back out? (Continue reading...)
I’ve decided to expand my annual Arctic sea ice review to include a general climate summary, and do it in January so I can include end of year data. After a record low maximum sea ice extent last winter, the Arctic saw a low minimum ice volume in September, but not a record. It was the fourth smallest volume on record, thanks to cool summer temperatures and mild weather.
Globally, 2017 was in fact the second warmest year since 1880, according to NASA... (Continue reading...)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
“This world is not my home,” says the old gospel song,* “I’m just a-passin’ through.” So is that right? Is this world real, or is it just a prelude to something else, something more real than what we call reality? Let’s explore that concept.
The Simulation Hypothesis.Suppose we make a computer dedicated to one task... Continue reading at Living Faith-Free
There are two kinds of people: those who lie only when the occasion calls for it, and those who tell the truth only when it suits their purposes. Those who always tell the truth, no matter what, because that wins them the favor of a god, or their mother, or whatever, are in the latter... Continue reading at Living Faith-Free
How is refusing to sell cakes for same-sex weddings different from refusing to serve mixed-race couples? The petitioners in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd, v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission would have us believe that creating a wedding cake can be an expression of free speech, and as such is constitutionally protected. In other words, the cake creator cannot... Read more...
Sometimes the universe throws coincidences in our paths. I have been reorganizing the blog and refocusing on finding more constructive ways of approaching the issues that divide us. Then this past week, almost as if by design, I encountered two interesting sources (for which I will provide links) that show how we can defuse... Read more...
Sunday, July 23, 2017
I like the new White House communications director, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci. It’s not just because he favors gun control and is against building a wall on our southern border, positions he now officially renounces. I like him because he is personable and entertaining, but also because he is such an outrageous liar. ... Read more...