“School sucks, right? I mean you do what you can to improve it, but in the end, there’s a limit. Because it’s school. And ‘school sucks.’ Remember?” –Louis C.K. At every level, education always seems to be a hot button issue. Whether it’s in primary and secondary schools, where testing at every level is the … Read moreWhom Do You Trust For Your Science, Health, and Education?
“You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him to think.” –Elbert Hubbard If you listened to some of the headlines accompanying a recent news story, you might conclude that College is a waste of time, money, and resources for practically everyone involved. The three links above have, as their headlines: $80,000 … Read moreIs College A Waste?
“The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.” –Stephen Jay Gould Tuesday, I talked about an alternative theory to cosmic inflation. Whereas cosmic inflation gives you a uniform, flat Universe, that’s the … Read moreWhat is Science? What is Hype?
“On the chess-board lies and hypocrisy do not survive long.” –Emanuel Lasker Along with art, music, math, and sports, it’s well known that the game of Chess is one of the best activities a child can engage in to develop their mind. I can think of no better song than Kings and Queens by Loudon … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Kings and Queens and so much more…
“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. … Read moreAdvising: What do you wish you knew when you just started College?
“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” –Antisthenes As many of you know, in addition to news about cosmology, space, astronomy, and physics, I’m also heavily involved in education. This includes, in various stages, teaching, curriculum design, and mentoring students. But I got the following … Read moreAdvice for Young Aspiring Scientists
“If we lived on a planet where nothing ever changed, there would be little to do. There would be nothing to figure out. There would be no impetus for science. And if we lived in an unpredictable world, where things changed in random or very complex ways, we would not be able to figure things … Read more“Your Theory Doesn’t Do Everything!” And That’s Okay.
I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. –Thomas Jefferson It’s the end of the semester at my college as well as at many schools across the world, and I’ve spent the last week or so grading final exams. And while I was doing … Read moreLearning from my Introductory Physics Class
“An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.” –Unknown Every now and again, people with all sorts of backgrounds — from some graduate school all the way to having not finished high school — ask me … Read moreSo, you want to get involved in Astronomy?