Determining the validity or truth of an idea or statement isn’t always easy and never has been easy. A fourteenth-century philosopher William of Occam had a useful rule of thumb for this quandary. We now know it as Occam’s Razor, and it is often stated thusly: “The simplest explanation is usually the best.” The original Latin --“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate” -- adds a wrinkle. This translates roughly, “Multiple variables are not to be posited without necessity.” A more modern form of this principle is called the Duck test which is a humorous term for a form of inductive reasoning. This is its usual expression: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
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Here’s Wilmington Apple’s Question of the Day for August 2: Do you agree with Congressman Seth Moulton’s support of the Iran deal?
Congressman Moulton, whose district includes Wilmington, came out in support of the Iran deal yesterday, releasing the following… 899 more words
Iran does have nuclear weapons. These are non-strategic nuclear weapons. I mean these are not ICBMs with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers… As for the danger of Iran’s attack on the United States, the danger is zero. 781 more words
World over nuclear flashpoints have been springing up like anything. These flashpoints have made the world much more unstable than what it used to be. Kashmir, Ukraine and Korea are amongst the most active and dangerous ones at present. 739 more words
During August, 2015, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the only country ever hit by nuclear bombs. Megan Rice, SHCJ, (more information below) who has devoted her life to educating people about the dangers of nuclear weapons and uranium production, is the author of the following guest blog: 587 more words
As I was planning and writing this week’s blogs, Mr. D.W. contacted me and shared a disturbing video that is making the rounds on the internet and on YouTube, and the claims are that tactical nuclear weapons are being used in Yemen by (you guessed it) Israel at the behest of Saudi Arabia. 843 more words
Seventy years ago this week, the United States unleashed the only two nuclear weapons used in wartime, devastating the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The attacks, which killed more than 100,000 instantly, ushered in the age of atomic weapons and two competing races — one to amass huge stockpiles of nuclear warheads, the other to prevent their proliferation. 9 more words