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we have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The Teaching Hook

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Through The Looking Glass

One aspect of the science of global warming is the measurement of ground temperature on a local basis. This is followed by placing the data on a worldwide grid and extrapolating to areas that don’t have data. The local measurement site in the northwest corner of Connecticut is in Falls Village, near the old powerhouse. The data from that site appears to start in 1916 according to NASA records; it shows intermittent warming of about 0.5 degrees C over the last 100 years. However, NASA recently decided to modify that data in a direct display of political convenience to exaggerate the current rate of warming. What follows is a look at the data record as given on the site for NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), a look at alternate facts.

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Merry Christmas

… and a happy new year

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The Boojum

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;    They pursued it with forks and hope;   They threatened its life with a railway share;    They charmed it with smiles and soap.

Such runs Lewis Carroll’s description of the Hunting of the Snark. His imaginary images of people and prey ring as true today as they did over a century ago. And presidential elections are hunts of the first kind, where the prey is demonized in order to allow all sorts of ridiculous analogies. But the hunt must end, even if the delusions it created go on.

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Old Moose

Due to illness, I will no longer be able to follow the educational process in Region 1. I wish to thank all of you who came to this site for news. God bless you all. Please continue to help our children get the best education possible.

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What Makes a Scientist?

Credit: LIGO Laboratory

Credit: LIGO Laboratory

A significant part of the education of children is the inclusion of technical subjects, starting at an early age. Because the United States has fewer American students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) than the projected need, education organizations have promoted increased emphasis in these areas. Further, these areas would appear to be perfect incubators for personalized learning because each student comes to science from a different direction. For example, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides grants for such efforts as well as other personalized learning directions. Perhaps, in taking a step back, science education should first encourage the characteristics of science exploration. But just what makes a scientist?

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The Forgotten Man

by William Graham Sumner

I propose in this lecture to discuss one of the most subtile and widespread social fallacies. It consists in the impression made on the mind for the time being by a particular fact, or by the interests of a particular group of persons, to which attention is directed while other facts or the interests of other persons are entirely left out of account. I shall give a number of instances and illustrations of this in a moment, and I cannot expect you to understand what is meant from an abstract statement until these illustrations are before you, but just by way of a general illustration I will put one or two cases.

The Forgotten Man

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Moose Leaving

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The Last Frontier

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