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Marx, Rawls, and Nozick are in a bar… Actually, it is a restaurant.
This is the title of a recent letter to the editor from Dick Robertson of Wilmington. This letter defends the liberal arts is such a wonderful way. I’ve quoted some of it below.
“… but the real reason to take liberal arts courses is to make your life more fun. When I studied engineering, we had room for only two liberal arts courses; I chose “Philosophy of Religion” and “Music Appreciation”. The first helped me dispel the fog of superstition making the world a brighter cleaner place; the second provided a way to experience the world’s joys and passions without any of the bad stuff. Look through your catalog, find an arts, music, philosophy, literature or history course and enjoy the ride. When you get old like me those are the classes you’ll remember.” –Dick Robertson, Wilmington
Architects are now building tall apartment buildings with trees as the facade on every floor. Very cool.
Descartes was an important figure in the history of mathematics. Check out this video.
I really like natural history, and cool stories like this one have been everywhere in the past week so. It appears that octopuses communicate with one another by changing colors, amid other behaviors.
Megafauna are massive animals, like the 500-pound bird discussed in this article. When humans showed up in the past, these animals tended to go extinct.
I’ve never heard of a planet embryo, but apparently one struck Earth a long time ago. This lead to the formation of the moon. That’s the latest theory. Details here:
I brought up this issue in class today in an effort to show students that even physics is not as definite, complete, and precise as they think it is.
Here is the link to the entire Caltech site, which is devoted to string theory:
This is a short essay by the famous physicist about the state of physics and the search for an ultimate theory of everything.