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Backwards and forwards learning

Backwards and forwards learning contributes to who I am.

I find that I seek focus

Neither the microscope nor the telescope quite help me see. 25 more words

Philosophy

Elementary, my dear Watson

Man, I love a good mystery!  A locked-from-the-inside whodunit usually gets my attention; our girls grew up with Nancy Drew and even today Father Brown beckons to me from the teley.  448 more words

Top Integrative Pain Researcher Urges End to Reductionist Dominance

Recently, I read an article from John Weeks, the Chief editor of Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. I totally agree with him, the holistic method is important in acupuncture research. 17 more words

Consciousness is composed of non-consciousness

The components of a thing are not individually the thing.

For example, the components of the chair I type most of my blog posts from are not the chair itself, but the wood of the frame, the springs for the back and bottom, some metal parts for the reclining mechanism, the fabric coverings, cushions, etc.   1,050 more words

Philosophy

Have You Ever Seen a Three? Mathematics joins the science-religion dialogue.

Fibonacci by Jessica Lucia. Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Nautilus Section by Peter Barker. Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

For a scientist and the mathematician, the question of ‘what is real’ is very strongly linked to proof. 925 more words

Scientists Of Faith

Experiments On My Children

In this blog, as week by week I have actually attempted to think through my conclusions, I kept coming down to the necessity of “critical thinking.” By this, of course, I meant a grasp of very basic logical principles and errors, but at the very front of one’s mind — tools for wading through a constant barrage of propaganda. 1,039 more words

Culture

How many times can you fold a piece of paper?

Some time ago I came across a fun article. I got curious, and embarked on a journey that took me to the source of a famous internet myth and even to explore what it means to be a physicist. 425 more words