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The enlightened unkowingness (ii)

Thus, let us think of the following thesis: “There are those who, although knowing different theories – endorsing some, opposing others – and believing to know truly what they know, yet do not truly know what theory or theories are true”. 853 more words


Follow-up: Devil's Advocate

In yesterday’s post, I addressed the issue of Russian propaganda vs. “Western” propaganda, explaining why they aren’t the same. I realize that my conclusions and arguments might not satisfy some. 2,454 more words

A Most Interesting Website

I read about the If It Were My Home app this morning, and decided to check it out.  A few years ago, I started a thought experiment imagining what my life would be like if my ancestors never left Japan.   121 more words


Back in the Saddle

Well, it has been a while, hasn’t it?

I apologize for the long pause in updates. I found myself in an online debate several months ago which started to go in circles. 130 more words

Blog Status Update

Black holes, relativistic speeds, and their impact on the future beer industry

3D printing has already made some spectacular advances, like a crowd funded machine that can print pizza. It’s not hard to imagine that we could eventually assemble any beverage we wanted in some sort of printer. 750 more words


A Novel Idea: Ecoliteracy in a Sci-Fi Novel

Paolo Bacigalupi’s first novel, The Windup Girl, revisits the world he created in The Calorie Man and Yellow Card Man. The future he creates is a truly disturbing place, where agri-corporations rule the world like despot kings, letting huge swaths of humanity suffer and starve in terrible circumstances. 124 more words


Sci-Fi Fiction for the Classroom

Want a great science fiction author who investigates food security in a post-apocalyptic world? One where agri-corporations run the world and lose plagues upon the people? 155 more words