Monthly Archives: August 2012

Curiosity and Consequences: What It Will Feel Like If Life On Mars Is Discovered

It will feel like the man leaving Plato’s cave in the below video. As with one coming out of Plato’s cave, a greater vista on the truth will have been apprehended, and we will pity those who came before us and reasoned about their existence not … Continue reading

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Mars Curiosity: Let the Frickin Zapping Begin!

Curiosity zapped its first rock today, and here’s the image NASA provided: ___________ Here’s part of what NASA said about this: ChemCam recorded spectra from the laser-induced spark at each of the 30 pulses. The goal of this initial use … Continue reading

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Gilbert Levin’s Claim: If Curiosity Discovers Organics in the Martian Soil, Mars Has Life

Gilbert Levin is a man on a mission. For the Viking missions to Mars in 1976, he was the person who designed one of the experiments that searched for life. The results came back positive. So positive, in fact, that … Continue reading

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An Angry, One-Eyed Monster

Sometimes an angry, one-eyed monster is just an angry, one-eyed monster, but what would Freud say?

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The Shape Shifter

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What NASA Won’t Tell You About The Mars Rover Curiosity

It’s looking for life on Mars. What’s my evidence? The following sentence from science writer Marc Kaufman’s excellent book, First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth (Simon & Schuster, 2011, 42-43): The next NASA mission to … Continue reading

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NASA Has a Gun: The Mars Moment to Listen for News about on Sunday, August 18th

This is from the NASA website in a press release: On Saturday night, Aug. 18, ChemCam is expected to “zap” its first rock in the name of planetary science. It will be the first time such a powerful laser has … Continue reading

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Karl Rove on Medicare

In an amusing example of sophistry, Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal does his best to convince Republicans that the Medicare issue actually swings their way this election cycle. Of course, the one word retort to his thesis is … Continue reading

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This Must Have Taken Some Time

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Paul Ryan Requests Obama Stimulus Funds Five Times, Then Lies About It

Can we say hypocrisy? What else is Paul Ryan lying about? This is in the Boston Globe today: After seeking millions of dollars from a federal stimulus program he opposed on grounds it would not help the economy, Republican vice … Continue reading

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Is Evolution Not Just True, But Good (Something To Be Embraced)?

Jared Burton has written a beautiful and soulful folk song capturing humanity’s uncomfortable and ambivalent relationship to evolution. I find the lyrics emotionally and intellectually challenging. But I can’t decide if I agree or not with the orientation to Nature … Continue reading

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Can Mitt Romney Win the Presidency Without Carrying Florida And Ohio?

Probably not. And the Los Angeles Times says this about a poll that has him behind pretty dramatically in both: Obama leads Romney among likely voters 51%-45% in Florida and 50%-44% in Ohio, according to the poll by Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News. The poll … Continue reading

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The Gamblers: Voucher Gambler Paul Ryan Meets Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas Today

Concerning Paul Ryan’s activity today, this is in the NYT: Paul Ryan . . . traveled to Las Vegas to meet with Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul who has pledged to spend up to $100 million to defeat the president. Wow. … Continue reading

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Mars Rover Curiosity: The Fruits are about to Ensue

According to a NASA press conference yesterday, Curiosity’s “brain transplant” (software update) was successful and the rover may start driving within the week. But the foreplay is going to be very slow-going as it was also emphasized by one of … Continue reading

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Got Voucher? Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan Made Clear as Day

This is not complicated. Both Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare and President Obama’s look to save over 700 billion dollars over ten years, but President Obama seeks it do it on the providers’ side (through cost cutting practices, such as … Continue reading

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What a Time to Be Alive: Gorgeous Image of Mars from Curiosity

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The Atlas Shrugged Ticket: Is America Beautiful without Medicare?

A pretty darn effective ad. Leave no granny behind. Clear and to the point. What was Mitt Romney thinking putting Paul Ryan on the ticket?

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Ryan-Romney, Medicare, and Tax Cuts for the Rich

This mash-up of clips on Paul Ryan’s budget proposals is pretty devastating. It’s difficult to believe that voters will support such an agenda come November. The more they learn, the less they’ll like.

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Obama Gets His Message Exactly Right (in Evolutionary Psychology Terms)

President Obama speaking in Chicago on Sunday: “Too many folks still don’t have a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. And so, the question in this election is which way do we go?” “Do we go forward towards a … Continue reading

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President Obama to the JPL team this morning: “If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away!”

President Obama this morning congratulated the Jet Propulsion Laboratory team in Pasadena on its successful landing of Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars, and said the following: If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know … Continue reading

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