top Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System
we need a meritocracy - to have that all people need a chance to perform. If we have a culture and a practice of driving half the population away from a field we make both the group and the field poorer. So the idea that we have to have some specific number of women in tech may be faulty but the idea that we should examine how we do things and insure qualified and talented women get a chance to contribute seems pretty sensible. Having some kind of quantifiable target to insure actual effort is made is not unreasonable unless the target itself is. Pushing to get 20% candidates (didn't say hires) doesn't seem wildly off the wall. This is the last step in a chain of education and training that may all need examination but the creation of role models changes cultural expectations.
top Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God
"Science doesn't disprove God so much as start by assuming God doesn't exist, and operate within the boundaries of what we can actually demonstrate"
Really a great statement - I can't remember the book now but it started by pointing out science is fundamentally about predicting and controlling the future by knowing how to manipulate the physical world. For some people there is a hunger to understand the meaning of reality or the source of existence. That is not what science searches for or teaches.
And in the end religion isn't any better at answering these questions - if God created the universe who created God - what does it mean for anything to exist.
For the human mind at least it really is "elephants all the way down" (sorry obscure reference alert)
top Creationism In Texas Public Schools
Leave the STEM jobs to the blue state kids....
top EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
we could learn from the Chinese regulation of fine particulate
top Voyager 1 Finds Unexpected Wrinkles At the Edge Of the Solar System
about a year and a half ago
top Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
Author is confused because he focuses only the ideas in commercial production. How long were lasers or LEDs or transistors or any number of fundamental inventions in existence before they made large commercial entrances that popular culture recognized?
He needs to go into the labs and see how many fundamentally new items have been created in the last 10 years that are now in the world of development (and yes invention ) that reduces them to practice and economic accessibility and then tell us the cupboard is bare.
Some guy whining about the shallowness of popular acclaim with a shallow assessment of the world.
top Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?
the smart one is to use the fact so many people want to come here to draw on the brain pool of the world and keep the country in a strong technical position that keeps us rich and keeps it such a nice place to be - see how that feedback loop works ?
We should make it possible for the talented to stay.
top Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set
then somebodies racist but not Lego
Or nobody is , but still not Lego
top Critic Cites
Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"
Jesus how much more tedious can 'this generation' get - by which I think I mean mine (maybe - how old is this chic)
top Free Online Education Unwelcome In Minnesota
Never heard of these guys , now your stupid action has brought them to my attention.
top Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?
it's all coming together
I know when it finishes - about 10 min after I die .
Oops - should have done this as anonymous
top Brain Scan Can Detect Autism In Infants
Downs is not autistic .
I am not completely opposed to this point of view but an insightful person would recognize the slippery slope here.
In some cultures being female is a 'defect' and children are aborted. I think we shouldn't walk that easily into arbitrary determinations of worth
top Appropriations Bill Threatens Future Space Science Missions
"Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" (sometimes pronounced "Illudium Pu-36")
what a stupe I was as a child - just getting the Illudium joke now
top Gut Bacteria Exert Mind Control
not unexpected but unexplored I think. The impact of our digestive zoo seems more revealed each day - impacts on creating and suppressing disease , impact on the amount of nutrients we can get from the foods we eat , now perhaps contributions to our mental functioning. Maybe this got over hyped a little but I think the work is still interesting.
top Capturing Solar Power With Antennae
this is the only link I could find , I saw this topic some time ago - the ability to build nano structures may solve the rectification - I am sure there was another paper with a different device configuration but I'll never find the thread now - doesn't make this tomorrow but it means a lead on both ends
top Cisco Accused of Orchestrating Engineer's Arrest
Mod this guy up - whatever the truth of the case it seems like 10 months should be enough time to provide the evidence. Always hate to see the Canadians fall short - who's going to be our positive role model..
top The Dying DVR Box and Woz Wisdom
this is a lovely idea but surely isn't a complete vision of an education - part of the reason there are standard classes with standard exercises is that there are skills you need to have and background knowledge you need acquire to do the kind of cool stuff he envisions. You can't stand on the shoulders of giants if you don't climb up there and that is a lot of stuff to learn.
Which doesn't mean that adding projects like this that drive a student to creatively exercise knowledge along the way wouldn't enrich and build on that understanding - just that you sort of do have to know what is already known to get to the point you can can add something new.
top How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World
or the obligatory Star Trek Next Generation reference(s)
- someone got a book out of this ?
top The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics
Please mod this guy up. The best statement in this string about the fundamental error in the topic as presented .
Anyone who feels they have come to understand the TRUTH about the world is welcome to it but that's not what science is about at it's core. It's about the creation of an outcome I desire by understanding "how" to create it. It's about finding the mathematical relationships between aspects of the reality we perceive - directly or through our tools.
How we come to identify which mathematics might apply , envisioning models that build from our " "first-level" generalizations which are directly, perceptually obvious" , is an interesting topic but it never relates to discovering truth in the sense philosopher's seek.
top Hypersonic Radio Black-Out Problem Solved
thanks for the comment - I realize this quickly devolved into a discussion about what was or wasn't said in the article but it is interesting that the shape of the vehicle can create a hole in this plasma and thus provide another solution to the issue . Maybe it's not always possible to design the object involved to create this hole and the plasma antenna is a useful alternative, but in any case it was interesting to me to know this other 'solution' exists....
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