Archive for December, 2012

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Why Gay Rights Matter

Monday, December 31st, 2012

At the outset I’d like to say that I’m not gay.  None of my friends are gay, and I don’t have any gay family members.  This issue has little to no impact on me personally, but there are many people out there who feel alienated and abandoned in a so called “free” society just because […]

A CERN Physicist’s View On Free Will

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Do we have free will?  Many would like to believe so, but considering our brains are made of atoms, the same stuff as everything else in the universe, and atoms follow the laws of physics, does that leave any room for free will?  We could try to invoke the weirdness of quantum mechanics, but to […]

Wealth and Prosperity

Friday, December 28th, 2012

What is the cause of the wealth of nations?  Adam Smith examined the question centuries ago, yet we’re still trying to figure out how we can lift people’s lives out of poverty and misery.  Outside of the deep questions of existence, consciousness, and the nature of our universe, I can’t think of a more important […]

What I’m Studying These Days

Monday, December 24th, 2012

I thought I’d take a little time and tell everyone what I’m reading at the moment, and why I’m reading those books in particular.  When I study things, I tend to be reading a lot of books at the same time, but different books have different priorities and get more or less of my time. […]

I Loathe Congress

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

You may think you’re alone in thinking our leaders these days are nuts.  You’re not.  Their approval rating over this past year hovers around 10-15%.  Everybody hates them. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, removing the clause where American citizens can be detained without trial.  In particular, her […]

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