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For practical reasons we need people to understand that the Earth and the universe are pretty old, that living things evolve, and that we are changing the climate, but we don't need people to understand the theory about the origin of the universe in the same way. What I'm more concerned about is why people distrust science and scientists.
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Two words: Sokal Affair 
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Cal (UC Berkeley) has the biggest graduation rate difference b/w football players and other students (-45%).
http://stanford.scout.com/2/1273612.html
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The solution is so obvious that it will clearly never be done in the U.S.: don't have semi-professional sports teams associated with universities.  Intramurals can be fun to get one's mind off of classes, but NCAA is just nonsense, often exploitative, and has nothing to do with education.
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I make it a rule to usually never obey the commands of idiots.
Block me yourself,
Perhaps you may learn something,
About arguing with anarchists.
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The animators who produced the video hit “The Inner Life of a Cell” are back with a look at the messy, chaotic dance performed by molecules in a neuron.
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Oklahoma moves to penalize homeowners who install their own solar panels.
http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/oklahoma-to-charge-homeowners-who-install-solar-panels/
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So much for land of the free, that is total crap.  Don't know much about the grid out there, but I do see news about brownouts and not enough power etc across US in general from time to time and they pull this shit?!?!
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Talks from the Saturday session of the God/Cosmology debate (Maudlin, Collins, Rosenberg, Sinclair) are now online. http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/04/15/talks-on-god-and-cosmology/
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Christian theosophy is so weird that debates with them don't interest me much. I remember when I was 8 years old, concluding that the people in church didn't really know about God. I figured if there is a God, that would be most important to know, but I would not find out in church.

Then during college I got deeply into yoga, having discovered it as a way to directly perceive reality. My environmental science degree made me feel hopeless for the world because of too many people eating meat, which is causes an extreme burden on the planet, so I dedicated myself to yoga with no other interest. That led me to finding a used copy of Bhagavad-gita As It Is and seeing Krishna in person after a week of carefully studying it.

Anyway, I don't believe debating is a reliable method for getting to the truth of the question of God. Many people assume that the universe should reveal God, but the Vedas describe the purpose of the universe to conceal God. Therefore if anyone wants to avoid accepting God, it is easily done. Creation exists exactly for that purpose, among others, according to the Vedas.

Someone may challenge that the Vedas are just ignorant stories, but their Sanskrit composition proves to me that they were given for people of far superior intelligence, what to speak of the intelligence of their source. 
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Physicist at Caltech. Master of time and space.
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I think about things that are smaller than atoms and/or bigger than galaxies.  Everything in between scares me.

Links on right will lead you to awesome things to read and think about.

Disclaimer: my opinions are the ones everyone should have.
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Married to +Jennifer Ouellette.
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    Astronomy (PhD), 1988 - 1993
  • Villanova University
    Astronomy (BA), 1984 - 1988
  • Pennsbury High School
    1980 - 1984
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