Category Archives: quanta

“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

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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

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“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

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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

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Race War Talk

It appears some people have a hankering for a race war. Trump himself appeared to throw gasoline on the fire recently by making a false claim that some people were calling for moments of silence in honor of the shooter … Continue reading

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Fear and Political Beliefs

Daily Kos had an article earlier this month titled “Fear is the mindkiller: Focus group peers into the Republican brain.” In it they quote from research by Democracy Corps: Understand that the base thinks they are losing politically and losing … Continue reading

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Holistic Healing for Deserts – and Climate Change?

TED recently posted an excellent talk by Allan Savory, who works to promote the holistic management of grasslands around the world. In bringing land that was once desert back into productive and sustainable grasslands, his program may also offer a significant … Continue reading

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Want to Teach Children? You Need a Little SOLE

Many people are familiar with DIY – “Do It Yourself.” There’s a whole industry focused on that, with TV shows like Ask This Old House and companies like Home Depot and Lowes. Thanks to the Internet, it looks like we … Continue reading

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No More Secrets

The 1992 movie Sneakers offered a recurring phrase: “no more secrets.” This was a key plot point in what the Internet Movie Database described as a “complex but lighthearted thriller about computers and cryptography, government and espionage, secrets and deception … Continue reading

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“You Didn’t Build That” – The Key To Progress

Are we individuals who achieve great things on our own, or do we achieve progress collectively? This question is usually viewed as an either/or proposition, although I have suggested elsewhere that we are actually both individuals and members of collectives … Continue reading

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“The End” Is Past

Happy New Baktun! There’s been a bunch of hoopla lately about today being the end of the world. Supposedly, according to the Mayan calendar today is the end of a 5,125-year era. Some people took this to mean the world … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney, Quantum Politician

Today’s New York Times opinion section has a great column titled “A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney.”  Drawing on the recent comparison of Romney’s campaign strategies to an Etch-A-Sketch, David Javerbaum observes: The imagery may have been unfortunate, but Mr. … Continue reading

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100 Seconds on Why Everything Is Connected to Everything Else

Brain Pickings has an intriguing post with a video titled “Why Everything is Connected to Everything Else, Explained in 100 Seconds.” The speaker is “rockstar physicist” Brian Cox. While the clip was intriguing, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical … Continue reading

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