Monthly Archives: October 2011

The core of skepticism: Demand evidence

“Western science isn’t the only path to knowing. The Eastern philosophies have much to offer (and since they’ve been around so long, there must be something to them. Right?) based on intuition and personal reflection. It’s wrong to disregard things … Continue reading

Posted in Rationality

Fun with dimensional analysis 6 – Two basic, important rules

Here are two very simple rules when it comes to evaluating an expression in terms of its dimensions. So simple that they might seem blindingly obvious, but if you haven’t thought about them before then you might not have consciously … Continue reading

Posted in Physics

Windows XP requirements, ten years later

The news has been making the rounds the past few days that Windows XP was released to manufacturing (RTM) ten years ago. 2001 was a bit too long ago for me to have many coherent memories about what the industry … Continue reading

Posted in Technology

Online physics curriculum

The number of online university courses that have been video recorded is large and growing fast. I’ve posted a few of them before, and now I want to try an experiment, namely: Starting with the first day of college class … Continue reading

Posted in Resources

Midterm season

There’s been a relative paucity of posts lately, and that’s because it’s midterm season. It’s not so much due to the fact that I don’t have time to make posts, but rather that I’ve been pretty tired most of the … Continue reading

Posted in School

Logical Fallacy: Tu quoque

Latin for “you too,” tu quoque a logical fallacy where an incorrect position is defended because the other party is guilty of the same. This is where the “you too” comes from. “Your position is invalid.” “Well, so is yours!” … Continue reading

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Introductory electronics 2: Kirchhoff’s Laws

For the rules of the game of circuit analysis, the two main fundamentals are Kirchhoff’s circuit laws, of which there are two. Namely: Kirchhoff’s current law (KCL): We assume safely that charge is conserved in any circuit, that is the … Continue reading

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