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The George Herbert Walker Bush remembrances – Redux.

“We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light…We all have something to give.”– President George H. W. Bush It’s the Presidents Day weekend. Let’s … Continue reading

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Partisan (?) science continued.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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More good news to start 2018: 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.

Continuing the good-news theme of recent LOTRW posts, the flight safety story lit up yesterday’s internet. This report, from Fortune’s website, gives the flavor:  Airlines recorded zero accident deaths in commercial passenger jets last year, according to a Dutch consulting … Continue reading

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Reflections on science, defensive behavior – and Easter. Part II. The good news.

(Physicist Tom McLeish’s quote and eleven others in a similar vein can be found on that well-known religious website – where else? – BuzzFeed.) “…The best defense of science is pointing out all the positives we’ve accomplished…” –John Plodinec (In … Continue reading

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$100 trillion? Opportunity or sinkhole? The reaction so far.

  The law of holes: “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” – Will Rogers As noted in a previous LOTRW post, the world’s peoples face a $100T bill coming due. That’s how much nations must spend over … Continue reading

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The Age of Muddle?

Muddle: to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation – Dictionary.com In a comment  to LOTRW, John Plodinec offered this alternative to  the most recent post, on The Age of Global … Continue reading

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SB=IA as a guide for US investments in science. Annotations.

Last week’s LOTRW post introduced a new “equation[1],” reproduced here: (SOCIETAL BENEFIT)i = INNOVATION x APPLICATION A subsequent post will again pick up the thread of the main argument. This post is in the nature of an aside. It attempts … Continue reading

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Science is the Art of Approximation

Occasionally (all too rarely!), someone will offer a guest post for LOTRW publication. Below is a thoughtful and welcome contribution from John Plodinec, who’s posted here before. Scientists may seek Truth, but Science is the Art of approximation. Just as … Continue reading

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More from the 2013 Hazards Workshop

The stream of consciousness flowing through Monday’s sessions… (Don’t you wish you’d said it?) From John Plodinec, in an early plenary:  Resilience is not a display of weakness, but an exertion of strength. Resilience is knowing what your strengths are, … Continue reading

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An Imperfect Storm

As most readers of this blog are aware, I’ve argued repeatedly that colloquy is better than soliloquy…I look forward to guest posts, and have been thankful for the few I’ve received…from John Plodinec and Akiva Fishman in particular. A diversity … Continue reading

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