Category: Science & Math

I expected to be a scientist, but poor experimental skills killed that avenue and fatigue with abstract thought blocked the other. However, my interest in science and math never flagged. When working in data processing, I decided to return and get a masters. I chose computer science rather than a more business-oriented degree. The prospect of working on science projects still lured me.

These posts arise from curiosities and mysteries in the world of science and math.

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,…

Deduction and Induction

Deduction is the normal operating mode of the left side of the brain using logic on facts. Induction is the normal operating mode of the right side of the brain using pattern-matching on incomplete information. Normal humans have both operating modes and the results of induction can be used with the results of deduction and…

Coming Climate Crisis?

Coming Climate Crisis? by Claire Parkinson. Subtitle – Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix It’s nice to read a reasoned, solid reflection of the history of Earth’s climate and the present concerns about climate change.  Parkinson has 30+ years of research in ice drifts, satellite image analysis, and the like. And she has taken…

Cost of Tea II

The Tea Party logic that we go from a high government cost to a low government cost overlooks the transition costs.  All the social contract based on the current government structure will be affected.  That contract includes current government employment, level playing field for investors, retirement plans based on social security and medicare, education, energy…