I think the roots of this antagonism to science run very deep. They’re ancient. We see them in Genesis, this first story, this founding myth of ours, in which the first humans are doomed and cursed eternally for asking a question, for partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. It’s puzzling that Eden is synonymous with paradise when, if you think about it at all, it’s more like a maximum-security prison with twenty-four hour surveillance. It’s a horrible place. Adam and Eve have no childhood. They awaken full-grown. What is a human being without a childhood? Our long childhood is a critical feature of our species. It differentiates us, to a degree, from most other species. We take a longer time to mature. We depend upon these formative years and the social fabric to learn many of the things we need to know.
My boss walked into my fart this morning and almost choked. It was a magical moment.
If you’re looking for a whole new perspective on the value of mathematics, Stanford University’s Keith Devlin shall provide. With his wonderfully lilting English (Yorkshire?) accent and as sharp of a mind as you can imagine, he compares mathematical equations to sonnets and says that what most of us learn in school doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. That technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the inner world of our minds.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." | Betrand Russell
West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced a state of emergency in five counties on Thursday, following a chemical spill into the Elk River, prompting a water ban that is reported to impact 100,000 customers.
Local residents are urged not to drink, bathe, or cook with the water from their taps. Water use has only been permitted for flushing or fire emergencies.
West Virginia American Water customers in Boone, Lincoln, Kanawha, Jackson and Putnam counties are included in the state of emergency, according to WSAZ.
According to reports, the leak of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the froth flotation process during coal washing, came from a tank at Freedom Industries in Charleston.
Someone just asked me which high school I currently attend. I’m 26.