Cobalt and Caveats

Topics: Battery, Chemistry, Climate Change, Environment, Politics KASULO, Democratic Republic of Congo — A man in a pinstripe suit with a red pocket square walked around the edge of a giant pit one April afternoon where hundreds of workers often toil in flip-flops, burrowing deep into the ground with shovels and pickaxes. His polished leatherContinue reading “Cobalt and Caveats”

Tech Authoritarianism…

Topics: Computer Science, Politics, Social Media To build the metaverse, Facebook needs us to get used to smart glasses. Last week Facebook released its new $299 “Ray-Ban Stories” glasses. Wearers can use them to record and share images and short videos, listen to music, and take calls. The people who buy these glasses will soon be outContinue reading “Tech Authoritarianism…”

The Eye of Horus…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Human Rights, Politics Note: Because certain states are tied umbilically to coal, fossil fuels, and natural gas, this is a quandary. The same industry that’s known about this problem since 1979 (my senior year in high school) hired the same law firms that obfuscated the risk of lung cancerContinue reading “The Eye of Horus…”

Reality TV, Infotainment, and Apocalypse…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics, Star Trek What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell’s 1984, Neil’s Postman’s essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. “It’s unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, butContinue reading “Reality TV, Infotainment, and Apocalypse…”

Thirty-Three Point Eight…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Politics Fahrenheit to Celsius Celsius to Fahrenheit (5/9)(°F – 32) = °C (9/5) °C + 32 = °F Handy-Dandy Conversion Table Even though the Big Think video is informative, my critique is it presumes much regarding the audience, presumably the species. The assumption is that even with the equivalentContinue reading “Thirty-Three Point Eight…”

Traitors and Patriots…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Though hundreds of C.E.O.s signed on to defending voting rights in principle, many notable omissions did not, like the C.E.O. of Walmart, Warren Buffet signed as citizen, not head of Berkshire Hathaway; Coca-Cola and Delta felt they had said all that needed to be said, andContinue reading “Traitors and Patriots…”

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…

Topics: Biology, COVID-19, Dark Humor, Existentialism, Mathematics, Politics Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Mark Twain, also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lies,_damned_lies,_and_statistics A follow-up to Tuesday’sContinue reading “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…”

Reality-Truth…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Politics, Star Trek I’ve been finishing up the semester. I passed my preliminary exam. Now I’m working on refining my research question for my dissertation proposal, due late spring. I usually take a break from blogging around the holidays, and as my Dean put it, dissertations proposals are “aContinue reading “Reality-Truth…”

Truthiness, to Truth Decay…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights, Politics Truthiness is the belief or assertion that a particular statement is true based on the intuition or perceptions of some individual or individuals, without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. Truthiness can range from ignorant assertions of falsehoods to deliberate duplicity or propaganda intended to sway opinions. The concept of truthiness hasContinue reading “Truthiness, to Truth Decay…”

Science Literacy, and Democracy…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Education, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics “The human understanding is no dry light, but receives infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called ‘sciences as one would.’ For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience ofContinue reading “Science Literacy, and Democracy…”