A Lack of Thought

I recently got a smartphone. My first ever smartphone. As a mid-range millennial, that may be a shock to some people. We’re all supposed to be hyper-connected social media addicts. But I was one of the last holdouts. Not for any philosophical reason, but because I just didn’t find it necessary. My phone was mostly… Continue reading A Lack of Thought

Why I Won’t Be Marching for Science

Currently, the big hubub in the scientific community, the one everyone is talking about, is the March for Science. Essentially, scientists, and people who value scientific inquiry, around the world will gather to protest the degradation of science in the current political climate. It maintains special resonance as the march will be tomorrow, Earth Day,… Continue reading Why I Won’t Be Marching for Science

In Honor of Darwin Day

We are all Keynesians now. This quote, usually attributed to Richard Nixon, is really believed to have been said by Milton Friedman. What Nixon actually said was “I am a Keynesian in economics now.” Both statements are powerful in the fact that they come from people who are ideologically on the right. They are in … Continue reading In Honor of Darwin Day

Reflections on the Past Week: 1/22/17

With regards to what has happened over the past two days (and what will likely continue as an ongoing saga), I cannot add anymore to the outrage. The wrongness of this executive order has been said many times and more eloquently by many more people than anything I could say. If I do have to… Continue reading Reflections on the Past Week: 1/22/17

Science is Science

Tonight, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman enter its 7th season. According the advertisements, it plans to take a different tack from previous seasons; this season promises to focus on social issues such as gun violence, the gender spectrum, and terrorism. I can’t review the season at this time since the episodes have not aired,… Continue reading Science is Science

A Lesson in How NOT to Draw Incidence Maps

I’m sure most of you know about the Ebola outbreak that is occurring in West Africa, particularly at the tripoint of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. I was alerted to an article in the New York Times recently which had a sort of incidence map of the areas in which there were confirmed and suspected… Continue reading A Lesson in How NOT to Draw Incidence Maps

Check Marks

I’m in my second year of graduate studies now. So far it’s not been bad; the material and classes are interesting, professors and comrades are nice, research is chugging along, I’m getting adequately funded, so no real major problems. Except for one. Graduate school is much different from undergraduate study. When a person is an… Continue reading Check Marks

We Lost One of the Great Ones

Roger Ebert has just died. This is a terrible shame. I remember, even as a child, just how important those reviews were from Siskel and Ebert. I can even remember a specific movie advertisement (but unfortunately not the movie) touting the famous words “Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs up.” As a teenager, I… Continue reading We Lost One of the Great Ones