Category: Science

Science and math issues that draw my interest and effort.

Troublesome Inheritance Thoughts

Four children of different skin color

            Troublesome Inheritance is a polemic by Nicholas Wade to develop his position—racial differences are real and account for the differential success of individuals and societies. He claims that there is a 14% genetic difference across the races. The differences are not uniquely different DNA strings (we’ve all heard that humans and chimps only differ…

Calculating with Numbers

Colorful Integers

The pleasure of calculation first came to me in the second grade. Sister Madonna had just taught the class multiplication with the number 2. That night before dinner and then after dinner, I was thick in a calculation frenzy. Starting with 1 times 2, then 2 times the result, then 2 times the result, and…

Conspiracy Theory Feature

Definition Conspiracy theory from Merriam-Webster. A theory that explains an event or situation as the result of a secret plan by usually powerful people or groups. Feature A theory relies on a string of events, some of unknown probability. A conspiracy theory treats new information in a unique way. When an explanation is given for…

Stone Age in New Guinea

It’s not an intellectual superiority of Western population that accounts for societies’ differences, but differences in soil and local wildlife.

Taste and Nutrition

My wife says, how can I know chemistry and be so indifferent when it comes to nutrition. Well, here’s a little interesting intersection. Salty. Indicates minerals. Eat ‘um Sour. Indicates acids. Be careful, can indicate rotten Bitter. Indicates alkalines. Be careful, many plant poisons are alkalines Sweet. Indicates sugars. Carbohydrates for energy. Eat ‘um Savory.…

Survival of the Fittest

We all know the expression “survival of the fittest” which Herbert Spencer coined, as much for its use in social discussions as in natural selection. The better expression is “propagation of the most fertile.” It’s more faithful to Darwin’s work. It’s the subsequent generations of the most fertile that benefit by increasing numbers, rather than…