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12/8/2017 12:27 Planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: This excellent, illustrated guide from 2015 covers weather, roads, crowds, navigation, and strategies for wrangling photographic equipment. And more.
10/8/2017 8:46 In Indonesia, Chinese Deity Is Covered in Sheet After Muslims Protest: “Actually we can allow them to build the statue, just not as high as it was and it should be in the temple, not outside. We are tolerant”
7/8/2017 15:54 “But the climate has always changed!”: Responses for those under the thrall of climate pseudoscientists.
2/8/2017 8:15 Kitchen Sponges: I knew they were bad news.
30/7/2017 9:32 Why I’m Learning Perl 6: Evan Miller describes the wonders not of the language itself, but of the C program that defines its runtime. He discovers sophisticated implementations of concurrency, string handling, and more.
28/7/2017 18:09 Travel the path of the solar eclipse: A great interactive aid for planning your eclipse viewing.
28/7/2017 15:02 Quantum Alternatives: My article in Ars Technica appeared today.
27/7/2017 13:12 Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House: The failure of the Trump administration to make any effort to administer the DOE puts the country and the world in grave danger. This is a very informative and insightful article.
26/7/2017 8:45 Heartland’s “6 Reasons To Be A Climate-Change Skeptic” Are Six Demonstrable Lies: “You can't reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.” All of Heartland’s bogus arguments will be familiar to anyone who follows denialist antics. Siegel’s article is a useful, systematic, yet brief and to-the-point rebuttal.
11/7/2017 15:56 How the NRA’s allegiance to cops undermines its credibility on gun rights: I’ve criticised the Washington Post’s reporting on gun incidents in the past, so I’m eager to praise and recommend this article by the Post’s Radley Balko.
27/6/2017 15:39 The fashionability of antisemitism continues to increase among the Left: “I was thrown out of Dyke March for being Jewish.”
23/6/2017 22:52 Psych: The Movie: Did you hear about Pluto?
22/6/2017 11:01 Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Q. Nomani: “we were invisible to the Democratic women in the Senate.”
20/6/2017 7:39 Nighttime Rocket Launch To Create Colorful Clouds in Space: The much delayed NASA sounding rocket has a good chance of lifting off tonight too many clouds again — next attempt on June 24th with a launch window between 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. from Wallops Island, Virginia, considering the weather report. The launch window is from 9:06 to 9:21 pm local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
17/6/2017 11:57 Dancing is illegal in Iran: but “Zumba will not be stopped.”
13/6/2017 17:46 President Trump Can’t Just Fire Robert Mueller: He lacks the legal authority to do so.
12/6/2017 22:34 Interesting Wallops Launch Tomorrow: It’s been delayed twice, but with luck NASA will launch a sounding rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia, tomorrow night between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. local time. “Canisters will deploy between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch releasing blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible along the mid-Atlantic coastline from New York to North Carolina.”
9/6/2017 17:25 Scott Adams Defends His Cartoon: against a science video.
8/6/2017 9:10 Sam Harris and Charles Murray: Like many brilliant people, Sam Harris is sometimes incautious when discussing subjects outside his area of expertise, perhaps thinking that his native intelligence can compensate for a lack of deep knowledge of a subject. This syndrome was evident in Harris’ attempt to debate a real security expert about security screening, and has reappeared in a partial failure to critically engage Charles Murray in a discussion about IQ and genetics. The linked article, while in ways biased and incomplete, is at least a starting point for those wishing to understand some of the criticisms of Murray’s work.
2/6/2017 13:55 W. M. Briggs is an Actual Climate Scientist™: According to ... W. M. Briggs. Read the comments for clarification, of sorts. If you’re hungry for more, try this.

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From: Robbert Glas

Date: 29 July 2017

Subject: A brief history of quantum alternatives

I never react on articles on internet (too few hours in a day) but you've made the exception. What a brilliant sum-up. I strongly suggest to take your place in front of a class room.

Thank you for those kind words. I hope I deserve them.

-- Lee

From: byron p

Date: 29 July 2017

Subject: A brief history of quantum alternatives

I was wondering if you've ever ran across the book "Quantum Philosophy" by the French physicist Roland Omnés. I ran across it a number of years ago by accident and picked it up thinking it would be one of those fun but flawed New Agey books on the subject. It is a bit old (the original French edition is dated 1994), but since he is just doing basically an intro to quantum physics (well, philosophy actually), I think it holds up very, very well. And he does this through a giving a history, starting with Classical logic/math/physics etc before going on the Formalism of the same things and showing just how prevailing theories broke down. He really doesn't begin talking quantum until at least half-way thru the book. And then he is just talking the basics of the physics. He is more interested, really, in the philosophy of science. Two parts in the book that I really like is how he manages to dismiss the Schrödinger Cat problem in less than a page and that there is a chapter titled 'Recovering Common Sense'. But he is not done there. There is a lot more about modern scientific philosophy with, naturally a section on Thomas Kuhn. All in all, a book I truly love that I don't understand just why is not more widely known.

I've seen references to this author, but never read the book. Thank you for the recommendation, I'll keep it in mind.

-- Lee

From: Robert John

Date: 31 July 2017

Subject: Ars Technica

Hello Lee,

Just wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful article, it was a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and learnt a lot!

All the best

Dear Robert,

I was very pleased to get your kind note. It's always a great satisfaction to learn that the results of my toil are well received!

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