Author Archives: Dave Higgins

About Dave Higgins

I've been interested in current events since at least the mid 1960's, and in ideas from modern science since the early 1990's. My website Quantum Age, which has been online since 1996, presents a basic framework for applying ideas from modern science to today's world. In this blog I discuss current events in the context of that framework.

How Will This End?

“How will this end?” In this terribly divided time, many are asking that question. As it happens, our current divide reminds me of something I witnessed in Panama when I was young. The divide then – between fervent Americans and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The “Job Creator” Myth

Quick – which came first: economies or wealthy elites? I raised this question because some politicians have a passion for referring to the wealthy as “job creators” – inferring that the well-being of the economy is tied to the well-being … Continue reading

Posted in emergent | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The End Of The World As We Know It

Back in 1987 REM had a popular song proclaiming “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” That certainly seems to fit the spirit of the times today. But that was also the feeling of physicists back in … Continue reading

Posted in dual nature, emergent, interconnected, uncertainty | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

All Together Now

We’re all in this together. That’s not a popular thought these days. These days we prefer to think of how we’re different: conservative, progressive, young, old, white, black, woman, man, Republican, Democrat, Christian, Muslim, Jew, vegan, meat eater, Yankees fan, … Continue reading

Posted in interconnected, probability, uncertainty | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enter The Young

Here they come, yeah Some are laughing, some are crying Here they come And some are doing, some are trying Some are selling, some are buying Some are living, some are dying But demanding recognition one by one Enter the … Continue reading

Posted in emergent, interconnected | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Walking Up” Is Nice – But It Won’t Stop School Shootings

In the wake of the student protests against school shootings, a new meme has come up: #WalkUpNotOut. According to ABC News: Jodie Katsetos, a sixth-grade teacher at Arcadia Middle School in Oak Hall, Virginia, wrote a message on a large … Continue reading

Posted in interconnected, quanta | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Things Have Changed – 2017

Like many people of a certain age, I remember exactly where I was and how I learned about President Kennedy’s assassination. However, my experience of that event was very different from most other Americans. That day I was in my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Building Holistically

Architecture is a field that has numerous examples of the benefits of taking a holistic approach to design. Rather than the traditional method of inflicting one superstar architect’s “brilliance” on a community whether the residents appreciate it or not, some … Continue reading

Posted in holism, quanta | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

“The Fascinating Physics of Everyday Life”

I just came across this great TED talk by Dr. Helen Czerski, in which she drops the equations for a moment and talks about how physics helps us understand the world we live in. There is so much about today’s … Continue reading

Posted in quanta | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fury (There Will Be Blood)

Last weekend a mélange of various white nationalist hate groups – including the KKK and neo-Nazis – converged on Charlottesville, Virginia. While they were there to ostensibly protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the … Continue reading

Posted in energy/flow | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science is more than just an opinion

On this Saturday I will be joining with thousands of people around the world in the March for Science.  While many will be in Washington DC, I’ll be at the one in Albany, NY. There are many people today who … Continue reading

Posted in quanta | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cleanup Time

In the sadness and disappointment I felt after the recent US election, I was reminded of similar feelings I’d had many years before, in January 1998. That earlier loss hadn’t involved politics or friends or family. It had been related … Continue reading

Posted in emergent, energy/flow | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Swept Away

January 9th is a milestone date in my life. My experiences from January 9, 1964 have etched into my mind a life lesson that I carry to this day. Eight years ago, on January 9, 2008, I shared it from … Continue reading

Posted in energy/flow, signs of the times | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment