Tag Archives: Wild Speculation

Why Scientists Should Read Science Fiction

Every so often, one of my (older) colleagues will find me reading a science fiction novel. “Ah, science fiction,” they will say. “I used to read quite a bit of that. Of course, I can’t really get in to it … Continue reading

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In Which Our Heroine Reads Too Much Cory Doctorow and Thinks She Understands Economics

Clarissa has raised a very interesting point at her blog with regard to economic models: The question of an alternative to capitalism is the central question that preoccupies most of philosophers today. If no such alternative exists, then criticizing capitalism … Continue reading

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Why They Hate Us

I’ve thought (too) long and (too) hard about the question of why radical feminists hate transsexual women. At first it seemed like a simple matter of a group of people prizing ideological purity over the inconvenient life experiences of other … Continue reading

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Of Nightmares

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the TV series Community (mainly because I think the principle character, Jeff Winger, is an insufferable, unsympathetic asshole and I just wish that someone would punch him every time he speaks) but one … Continue reading

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You Learn Something New Every Day

I happened to stumble upon this particular Wikipedia Entry: ‘The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which the unskilled suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability … Continue reading

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Predictions for 2012

Here are some predictions that I’m going to make concerning national and world affairs in the coming year. As you have probably guessed, I cannot see the future (and neither can you!), so you probably shouldn’t be betting the farm … Continue reading

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bohm.

I suspect that, in the coming decades, the Bohm interpretation of Quantum Mechanics will end up making a bit of a come-back; and, when I say a “come-back,” understand that what I mean is that people will actually have to … Continue reading

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