Monthly Archives: January 2012

Logical Fallacy: Affirming the consequent

Affirming the consequent has the formal structure If P, then Q. Q. Therefore, P. One can imagine two clouds, one marked P and the other marked Q. There’s an arrow from P to Q, which is the first premise. But … Continue reading

Posted in Rationality

Better than Average Links – Week of Jan 22, 2012

I’ve been slacking off all January, but at least I’ve been keeping up with the links. Matt Strassler reviews the state of the search for the Higgs, along with looking its exotic decay paths. Citizen science, in particular the FoldIt … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Links

History of solar system exploration: Moon

I won’t be covering Earth in this series, since our planet has been observed the hard way for thousands of years, and the number of Earth-observation satellites would likely be too numerous to bother with. We’ll simply assume that Earth … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy

Better than Average Links – Week of Jan 15, 2012

Trends in Computing, a site I sometimes haunt to follow the detailed progression in computing technology. Note the recent collapse for hard drives, due to flooding in Thailand. The increasing power of computing hardware is great, but oftentimes adopting a … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Links

Book Review: Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery

Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery by Isaac Asimov Covering the range of time between 4 million BCE and 1993 (at least in the newer edition that I have. There was an earlier edition that went up until 1988. Isaac … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Science (general)

Better than Average Links – Week of Jan 8, 2012

What exactly makes a crank a crank? Novella investigates. While we’re on the Good Doctor, he also covers the recently announced Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize from the point of view of a working medical man. India is celebrating a year without … Continue reading

Posted in Weekly Links

Susskind Lectures: Round 2

I think that Leonard Susskind’s online video lectures are a great resource, as they are free, well-presented, and on the topic of modern physics (I don’t know what it would mean to classify something as “advanced” physics or not). It … Continue reading

Posted in Physics, Resources