Critical Thinking…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights A statement by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul, presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987. Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation,Continue reading “Critical Thinking…”

On Fire…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming The hundreds of climate experts who compiled the mammoth new climate report released today by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had to work under unprecedented pandemic conditions. At vast meetings forced online, scientists wrestled with how to convey the extent of the global crisis and the urgent needContinue reading “On Fire…”

Reckoning, or Ragnarok…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights I read Mary Trump’s book “Too Much, and Never Enough,” feeling a chill when in the epilogue she predicted: “my uncle is going to get a lot of people killed.” Realize, when those words were typed on presumably her laptop, she, and all of us wereContinue reading “Reckoning, or Ragnarok…”

Survival of Community…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Environment, Existentialism Like his more famous contemporary, Spencer was enamored with the idea of evolution. But where Darwin focused on biology, Spencer imagined that evolutionary thinking could be applied much more broadly. In his mind, it governed entire societies. Today, when Spencer is remembered at all, it is usuallyContinue reading “Survival of Community…”

The Anatomy of Delta…

Topics: Biology, Biotechnology, COVID-19, DNA, Existentialism, Research The coronavirus sports a luxurious sugar coat. “It’s striking,” thought Rommie Amaro, staring at her computer simulation of one of the trademark spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2, which stick out from the virus’s surface. It was swathed in sugar molecules, known as glycans. “When you see it with allContinue reading “The Anatomy of Delta…”

Conscientious Stupidity…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, COVID-19, Existentialism, Human Rights “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today is 203 days after January 6, 2021’s attempted coup. “Insurrection” isn’t quite as accurate with the passage of time. Yesterday, the first hearings began, and they wereContinue reading “Conscientious Stupidity…”

Gordon Gekko, Hal 9000, and Overview…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Human Rights, Spaceflight Note: The post title is sourced from The Atlantic article, as is the lurid artwork. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded andContinue reading “Gordon Gekko, Hal 9000, and Overview…”

The Caveat of Cul De Sacs…

Topics: Climate Change, Economics, Environment, Existentialism, Global Warming The finding comes out of an effort to map where vegetation is emitting and soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Earth’s trees and plants pull vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere during photosynthesis, incorporating some of that carbon into structures like wood. AreasContinue reading “The Caveat of Cul De Sacs…”

MisInfo Wars…

Topics: COVID-19, Democracy, Economics, Existentialism Eric Boehlert nailed it on Press Run: the Murdock variant. I alluded to this Friday. True-to-form, the gaslighting led to a selloff on Wall Street of almost 800 points, from fears of the Delta variant conservative news outlets have been sacrificing their own viewers to impact. Question: Didn’t Rupert Murdock,Continue reading “MisInfo Wars…”

Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights In the south, you’ll see some lummox proudly spewing black smoke from the back of his pickup truck (it invariably is always “his/he/him”), tricked out with dual black smokestack pipes to “own the libs,” spew smoke in the air, and cause environmental bleeding heart tears over caringContinue reading “Smokestacks, and Psychopaths…”