Category: Science & Math

Supernatural, Natural, and Humanistic

Supernatural, belief in existence beyond the observable world, is critical to belief in God. Natural, belief that all beings and events in the world are completely explainable by measurable facts of the world. Humanism, belief that humans have free will which allows them to start new paths of events.

In the Year 2525

Cicada on a person's finger

The cicadas last appeared in 2004 and return every 17 years.
Halley’s Comet last appeared in 1986 and returns every 76 years.
In what year must man be alive to hear the cicadas and see Halley’s comet in the same year?

Philosophy and Science

I knew that ‘Principles of Psychology’ by William James was an important book in psychology. He takes philosophical ideas about mentality and transitions them into psychological ideas that can be tested. Since I often see disputes that hinge on the difference between philosophic vs. scientific approaches, I thought it worth noting how one important section…

Quantum Effect

The half-life of a radioactive element is a consequence of a quantum disintegration that has statistical validity, although with the inability to say anything about an individual nucleus.

Two Cultures

Does your teacher explain things from simple axioms or does she explain by gestalt, showing you examples after examples until you eventually recognize the pattern? C. P. Snow wrote of two cultures.  The two styles of teaching yield an insight into the two cultures. Science is axiomatic.  Subjects that yearn to be sciences – psychology,…