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How Pure Cynicism Made Me Into An Idealist

Those who know me are of the impression that I am a very cynical person. My own grandmother, as a matter of fact, when I was only nine years old, labelled me as being “the single most naturally cynical person … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Jargon

A while ago, I did a series of posts on the uses and misuses of academic jargon; I established that all disciplines eventually develop hazes of impenetrable terminology, that some jargon came across as more authoritative than others, and, finally, … Continue reading

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I Really Don’t Think “Humanities” Means What You Think It Means…

I was, as you know, quite impressed by the actual lectures in the Humanities given during this program–so much so, as a matter of fact, that I opted to join the Space Humanities department during my two weeks of independent … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Arguments I Have Ever Heard

I should be preparing for my defense, but honestly, I feel like I would be ready to go right now if I had to do so, and endlessly rehashing the same information is hurting my brain. So instead, I’m going … Continue reading

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Students Break My Heart (Part the Second)

A few days after I wrote that last, heart-rending tale of interactions with my students, I happened to run in to the very student who had said such nice things about me. The only difference was that I was presenting … Continue reading

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In *My* Ideal World, You Wouldn’t Exist Either.

I have noted in the past that my studies as a physicist are inherently apolitical. This is a simple consequence of the fact that the subject matter with which I deal is abstract. Matter and energy, space and time are … Continue reading

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