Monthly Archives: October 2011

2011-10-28—IT AIN’T WHAT YOU SAY; IT’S WHAT YOU DON’T

What we know is what we think is most important.  However while what we know can be entirely true, what we don’t know can make that truth irrelevant.  John tied for first in the 100-yard dash. Oh, forgot to tell … Continue reading

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2011-10-21—FREE TO DO EVIL

The earliest Greek philosophers were proto-scientists formulating hypotheses about the natural world.  And often they weren’t that far off the mark.  (Thales would be pleased to know that we have confirmed that water covers most of the earth and even … Continue reading

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2011-10-14—SCIENTISTS INVITE US ALL TO JOIN THE PARTY

Two blokes are each trying to solve the same problem.  One says to the other:  “Let’s put our heads together.”  Scientists have been taking that advice.  What was once usually a solitary exploratory adventure is now an expedition.  And the … Continue reading

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2011-10-07—THE DANGER OF IDEAS

Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of all human rights, but it is dangerous to exercise that right. This is obviously so in a totalitarian regime, but even in a democracy the expression of ideas that challenge deeply-felt beliefs can … Continue reading

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