….of Rabbits and Hats

January 20th, 2016 § Comments Off on ….of Rabbits and Hats § permalink

…or shall I say “in defense of crackpottery”?

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Humanity is in a bit of a pinch just now. Need all the help we can get, yes?

It may be that in order to save our sorry asses we humans are going to need to pull a rabbit out of our collective hat any day now. And what if we’ve misplaced our hat? And what if we don’t believe in rabbits?


By the way, I don’t think Rupert Sheldrake is a classic Crackpot, though he intentionally plays the crackpot card often enough.  I admire him, and here’s why.  Sheldrake is playing Devil’s Advocate, and we need to hear it.

I’ve actually come to a bit of a decision, in part in response to Rupert Sheldrake’s latest book “Science Set Free”.  I do not have an academic job. Unlike many people who aspire to understand Natural Philosophy, I have nothing to lose by riding the crackpot wave.

It is arguably my duty to speculate.

If people in my position – at least moderately scientifically informed, and not economically dependent upon being perceived as scientifically orthodox – don’t have the courage and, let us say it, self-deprecating humor to take a chance on looking foolish or gullible, then who will?

‘Tis my duty.





Doodling in Math

January 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Saw this at The Dish. There are more of them at YouTube…

Michigan Football

February 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


(UPDATE – Check out the music on the video – a classic of its type.)

The University of Michigan has a new football coach.

Salutations Brady Hoke, and welcome back to Ann Arbor.

I’m going to write about something I know very little about.  Please accept my apologies upfront – I have the best of intentions, and I might just possibly say something that you and the NCAA football industry in Ann Arbor needs to hear. » Read the rest of this entry «

On Education

October 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink


Yes yes yes yes…Watch this.  This rings so true.

Why We Need Government-Run Universal Socialized Health Insurance

August 27th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Worth a look…

I found this at DailyKos.

Google Mars – Oops – I Mean Google Earth

February 16th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


First, here’s a little introduction to Google Earth.

OK – here’s where I started writing this post before the scales fell from my eyes.  I guess I had heard of Google Earth, but I had not yet really looked into it.  Don’t be a sluggard like me.  You want to check all this out.  Really.

Wow. I must live in a cave.

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Congress Through an Apture Window

February 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Here’s another video about Apture and our government. Very interesting…

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

January 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Here’s a very interesting article about the limits of higher education, published at the Atlantic and written by an adjunct professor of English who might feel compelled to flunk me on account of this awkward sentence…

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