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(The Paraffin Paradox) I think this video should have been called "how to think scientifically" because it provides a very helpful explanation for teaching some of the basics of scientific evaluation in a high school classroom setting.

This video was helpful to me because my youngest daughter is very interested in science and is quite skilled in critical thinking, so now I will be keeping an eye out for some blocks of Paraffin Wax because I'd like to attempt to work through this exercise with her.

Has anyone got some tips for improving this exercise? Or suggestions for other interesting simple experiments that can further inspire a 9 year old?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClmtcwfWI6M

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Is this better than saving with +GEICO Insurance?

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Almost immediately after Donald Trump won the 2016 US Federal Election, there were protests and some riots in many parts of the USA. I didn't expect such strong/angry protests and riotous behaviour from the demographic that generally votes for the Democratic Party, and I'd like to know what people think is different about this election that caused people to feel the need to respond this way.

What's clear to me is that the people protesting care very strongly about their country (some are even concerned that the USA will now become a theocracy), and obviously believe that Donald Trump does not have their nation's best interests at heart. But since my view is a Canadian one, I'm assuming that I'm probably missing some important perspectives.

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Almost immediately after Donald Trump won the 2016 US Federal Election, there were protests and some riots in many parts of the USA. I didn't expect such strong/angry protests and riotous behaviour from the demographic that generally votes for the Democratic Party, and I'd like to know what people think is different about this election that caused people to feel the need to respond this way.

What's clear to me is that the people protesting care very strongly about their country (some are even concerned that the USA will now become a theocracy), and obviously believe that Donald Trump does not have their nation's best interests at heart. But since my view is a Canadian one, I'm assuming that I'm probably missing some important perspectives.

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Almost immediately after Donald Trump won the 2016 US Federal Election, there were protests and some riots in many parts of the USA. I didn't expect such strong/angry protests and riotous behaviour from the demographic that generally votes for the Democratic Party, and I'd like to know what people think is different about this election that caused people to feel the need to respond this way.

What's clear to me is that the people protesting care very strongly about their country (some are even concerned that the USA will now become a theocracy), and obviously believe that Donald Trump does not have their nation's best interests at heart. But since my view is a Canadian one, I'm assuming that I'm probably missing some important perspectives.

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This video is a 1-hour documentary about unicorns. The television listings describe it as: "The mythology of the unicorn is explored in this documentary, which weaves together information about the mythical creature, gathered by historians, artists, and poets."

This interests me because, in a fiction/science-fiction story I've been writing for over 3 decades in my spare time, there's a distant planet inhabited by unicorns who were joined by humans from Earth's ancient times (magic made the inter-planetary travel possible).

In reality, I consider unicorns to be a work of fiction. But, as fiction goes, I've also come to know from stories that most unicorns are innately peaceful and loving animals who generally hide from most humans out of fear of being hunted, and so I like the idea of portraying unicorns with this character trait in my writing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paiYodNIWEA

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"10 of the Oldest Known Surviving Books in the World" by +Wigan Lane Books...

Were you ever curious about the oldest books in the world? The linked web page lists and details ten of the oldest books that still exist today. The loosely used criteria for what qualifies as a book, which is logically based on function - a set of pages held together by a cover - makes for a more interesting selection despite ruling out clay tablets and scrolls.

(How would you define a "book" if you were charged with the undertaking of such a task?)

INTRODUCTION (from linked web page)

With news this week of the discovery of what could be the earliest known siddur, a Jewish prayer book dated at around 840 AD – we have put together a list of 10 of the oldest known surviving books in the world today.

Writing and literature are thought to have been first developed between the 7th and 4th millenium BC. Since the dawn of writing an incredible array of different materials have been used for recording text, including clay, silk, pottery, papyrus, even coffins – so the question of the oldest surviving book depends very much on how you classify one.

The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines a book as: a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover; a long written work. This definition rules out clay tablets, scrolls and similar, though many scholars have expanded the definition to include any significant piece of writing bound together inside a cover.

The question can also touch on the nature of the book. Some scholars have considered that a significant book should contain a worldview, setting it apart from mere accounting or administrative records.

We have tried to pull together what we hope is an interesting range of some of the oldest surviving books in the world. We cover everything from the earliest surviving printed books, to the oldest known surviving book in existence.

LIST OF BOOKS (age estimated from the year 2012)

Madrid Codex: 494 years old
Gutenberg Bible: 559 years old
Celtic Psalter: 938 years old
Diamond Sūtra: 1,145 years old
Siddur (Jewish Prayer Book): 1,173 years old
Book of Kells: 1,213 years old
St. Cuthbert Gospel: 1,315 years old
Nag Hammadi Library: 1,693 years old
Pyrgi Gold Tablets: 2,513 years old
Etruscan Gold Book: 2,673 years old

(The linked article includes pictures of each of the books listed above, accompanied by historic information.)

https://www.wiganlanebooks.co.uk/blog/interesting/10-of-the-oldest-known-surviving-books-in-the-world/

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I just signed this petition. Everyone should sign it because this law (in sections 296 and 584 of the Canadian Criminal Code) violates our Charter Rights (freedom of expression).
Petition to end blasphemy laws in Canada.

Petition to the Government of Canada
Whereas:
It has been eight decades since the last conviction under Section 296, and thirty-five years since the last charge of blasphemous libel was laid;
Blasphemous libel serves no purpose in Canadian law or modern-day society, and would likely be found to contravene section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects freedom of expression;
In Canada and elsewhere, blasphemy laws have been abused to suppress minorities and stifle inconvenient speech;
Authoritarian states point to Canada’s blasphemous libel law to defend their own laws criminalizing blasphemy;
Repealing Canada’s blasphemy law would demonstrate, at home and abroad, Canada’s commitment to the value of free speech for all; and
Freedom of expression is the foundational human right in our society. Many others, including freedom of assembly and freedom of conscience, are derived from freedom of expression.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 296 (Blasphemous Libel) of the Canadian Criminal Code.


https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-382
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