Category Archives: Society

“Religious Right’s Rejection of Science is Baffling,” by David Suzuki

Religion at its best helps humans to form loving, supportive communities, and helps each person to connect to something larger than himself. Religion at its worst separates groups into the “us” that have the Truth, and the “them” that live … Continue reading

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Canadian Government Shamefully Suppresses Science

The Canadian government has a sickening recent history of persecuting whistleblowing scientists who were working hard and with integrity to protect the safety of the food supply (see here and here), then abusing the legal system to deny justice, all … Continue reading

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Both Students And Professors Need Certification, and the Elsevier Boycott

I’ve written before about the evils of grading (for example, see here and here), the main purpose of which is to make certifying students easy. Our current grading system in mathematics is counterproductive to learning (students are inhibited from engaging … Continue reading

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Mathematical Flaw In Caplan’s Exhortation To Have More Kids

I heard a radio interview this morning with Bryan Caplan (a professor of economics at George Mason University), who argues in his recent book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids (which I have not read) that the average person ought … Continue reading

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Strange Fruit

The poem was written by Abel Meeropol, and the performance here is by Billie Holiday. A film telling the story of the song is here. Strange Fruit Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the … Continue reading

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The War On Women

Women are under attack everywhere. Central Africa is the worst place for a woman to be right now, but violence against women occurs everywhere. To advocate for women in this environment takes strength, but doing so by putting your own … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences

I grew up in a steel town (see also here) in the 1960s and 1970s. My Dad worked at Atlas Steel, and I was proud to work there for a couple of summers when I was 18 and 19. At … Continue reading

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