They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
Phil Anderson’s article “More Is Different” describes how different levels of complexity require new ways of thinking. And as the virus multiplies and spreads, that’s just what the human race desperately needs...
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Science's Cult of Calculation
E. O. Wilson says great scientists need be “no more than semiliterate” mathematically. He says: doing the math is often easier than generating ideas; the math is usually out-sourceable; we have more mathematicians than useful ideas; and science advances by better ideas which typically don’t come from mathematical reasoning.In this Wilson revives two old rivalries...
Do you need to know math for doing great science?
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, biologist E. O. Wilson asks if math is necessary for doing great science. At first glance the question seems rather pointless and the answer trivial; we can easily name dozens of Nobel Prize winners whose work was not mathematical at all...
New Job for Brain Scientists: Pitching Mutual Funds
I was watching one of the March Madness games recently with my son Benjamin. He is the only one in the world I can do this with because I can ask him what the difference is between the shot clock in the NBA and the one in the NCAA without being asked to immediately produce a green card.During a commercial break, a familiar face popped onto the screen...
How to recognize (and talk to) a chemophobe.
Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion of chemophobia in the popular press and on blogs. But it seems to me that there have been few summaries of the general features of chemophobia and how to exorcise them...
NASA Getting into the Asteroid-Moving Business
Dissatisfied with the current state of the solar system, NASA is looking to do a little remodeling.The space agency is angling to capture a small asteroid and drag it closer to Earth for human exploration, the Associated Press reported April 6...
Earth Day E-Book Examines The Future of Energy: Earth, Wind and Fire
[caption id="attachment_1103" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Future of Energy: Earth, Wind and Fire"] [/caption] Since the Industrial Revolution our civilization has depended on fossil fuels to generate energy--first it was coal; then petroleum...
Introducing: Shannon Palus
This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They – at least some of them – have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public...
Exploration Nation: Expedition Central America - Day One - April 4th
As we sit in the Austin airport, my team of middle school explorers from Exploration Nation are attempting to hide their excitement. They are unsuccessful.
The Clock Is Ticking: Spring Forward for Lyme Disease
Every Spring, my wife exhibits bouts of delusional parasitosis. She starts to feel itchy. She imagines insects crawling over her skin. She demands immediate inspection of hard to reach parts of her body and she subjects our children to rigorous head-to-toe inspections at bedtime.Her symptoms are brought on not by any of the typical causes of delusional parasitosis...
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