Archive for February 6th, 2008

I am not a woman. Are you?

| February 6, 2008 | 21 Replies
I am not a woman. Are you?

I realized this very recently, when several factors forced gender into awareness. In a psychology course a few quarters back, the professor asked the class to list the groups to which we each thought we belonged. My list looked something like this: “Student; Intellectual; Atheist; Independent; Skeptic; Young Adult”. As students read off their answers, […]

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Science – it is not just for the classroom anymore.

| February 6, 2008 | 3 Replies
Science – it is not just for the classroom anymore.

I believe that a strong foundation of critical thinking, innovation, curiousity about the natural world, rigorous adherence to non-biased exploration, and a bent toward problem solving is part of what has made our country great. I think science, when at its best, fosters those characteristics, and can help us continue on a forward path. Science […]

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It’s like trying to explain how you can get “numbers from biscuits” or “ethics from rhubarb.”

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It’s like trying to explain how you can get “numbers from biscuits” or “ethics from rhubarb.”

What is the “it” referenced above?  “It” is the rich subjective experience of consciousness.  There’s nothing else quite like consciousness, right?   Writing in Seed Magazine, Nicholas Humphrey suggests that, perhaps, consciousness is “not such a big deal.” OK, but what is consciousness?  Why do we see the vivid redness of that ripe tomato?  Using the […]

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