Lifeboat of Knowledge, Dinghy of Power

A long one, here. Sorry.I’d like to revisit my recent post, Reason Not to Rest, in which I touched on the idea “We won and we can relax now.” I want to expand on that, to look at it from a slightly different angle, and basically reinforce my own conviction that now is definitely NOT the time to relax.  So: … [Read more...]

Short Stack # 14

If your twin brother gets your wife pregnant ... is it still your kid?------------------------------I'm always one of the late adopters. Apparently eating people's faces is all the rage in this week's news, but I think I'm going to wait a few weeks. I'm trying to lose weight.------------------------------Just saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets again and I'm wondering ... what would happen if you stabbed a Bible with a basilisk fang? … [Read more...]

The 30,000

[ This is a reprint of an earlier post, to keep new readers happy while I work on some new ideas. ]Say someone gave you $30,000, in cash, and the deal was, you had to live on it as long as you could. You couldn’t do any other income-producing work in that time, you just had to live on the 30 grand.You’d have to pay all your bills on it, provide for all your daily needs. You’d have no additional money coming in, and all your entertainment needs, your health needs, your travel and leisure needs … [Read more...]

Book Review — Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique (Part 4)

[ I'm reviewing this book because I liked it, but also for a larger reason which will become evident here, and in the weeks ahead. ][ Also, in case you missed it: Part 1 — Part 2  — Part 3 ]Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John GribbinWhat’s So Special About Us?When you think about it, just our one solar system alone is evidence of the rarity of our type of life. Out of the presumed trillion or so objects orbiting the Sun (counting the planets, asteroids, the Kuiper Belt … [Read more...]

Book Review — Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique (Part 3)

[ I'm reviewing this book because I liked it, but also for a larger reason which will become evident at the end of Part 3 of the review, and in the weeks ahead. ][ Also, in case you missed it: Part 1 — Part 2 ]Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John GribbinWhat’s So Special About the Earth? Well, for one thing, it was once a great deal smaller, a solitary planet with no moon, until it served as a target for a Mars-sized object. Billiard balls might collide and rebound, but w … [Read more...]

Book Review: Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique (Part 2)

[ I'm reviewing this book because I liked it, but also for a larger reason which will become evident at the end of Part 3 of the review, and in the weeks ahead. ][ Also, in case you missed it: Part 1 ]Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique by John GribbinAsked about the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, or in the galaxy, or in the neighborhood (of a size for technologically-conceivable visits), most of us here would say it was possible. We wish it to be, … [Read more...]


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