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  • The “Cartesian Split” Is a Hallucination; Ergo, We Should Get Rid of It

    06/12/2005 7:27:56 PM PDT · by betty boop · 252 replies · 8,541+ views
    June 12, 2005 | Jean F. Drew
    The “Cartesian Split” Is a Hallucination; Ergo, We Should Get Rid of It by Jean F. Drew The Ancient Heritage of Western Science The history of science goes back at least two and a half millennia, to the pre-Socratics of ancient Greece. Democritus and Leucippus were the fathers of atomic theory — at least they were the first thinkers ever to formulate one. Heraclitus was the first thinker to consider what in the modern age developed as the laws of thermodynamics. Likewise Plato’s Chora, in the myth of the Demiurge (see Timaeus), may have been the very first anticipation of...

    02/17/2005 7:10:34 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 11 replies · 596+ views ^ | Feb 17, 2005 | by staff reports
    PUBLIC SCHOOL WARS - MATH SCORES INCLUDE STUDENT'S ANTI-RACISMFeb 17, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby staff reportsNewton Public Schools in Newton Massachusetts seems to have added a politically correct component to their math curriculum. According to their “benchmarks” – statements of requirements for achieving a given academic outcome - the primary objective for the district’s math teachers is to teach “respect for human differences.” Students are to be able to “live out the system-wide core value of ‘respect for human differences’ by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors.” The matter first came into the public spotlight last month in an article written by Tom Mountain...
  • 'Anti-Racist' Message in Mass. Math Class

    02/08/2005 7:39:34 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies · 1,631+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 8, 2005 | Liza Porteus
    In some public schools math teachers do more than teach algebra and geometry — they give their students lessons intended to purge what they consider racism. The "anti-racist education" program in place at Newton Public Schools in Newton, Mass., a wealthy, liberal niche of the Bay State, has angered some parents who believe the school district is more concerned about political correctness than teaching math skills.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles General John Sullivan & the Sullivan Campaign of 1779 - Jan. 17th, 2005

    01/16/2005 8:04:53 PM PST · by SAMWolf · 47 replies · 7,228+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... . U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. . . Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their...
  • Theory of relativity....Any physicists out there?

    01/16/2005 2:53:56 AM PST · by plenipotentiary · 29 replies · 569+ views
    16 Jan 2005 | Your obedient servant
    Current theory is that nothing CAN travel faster than light (photons), and it is upon this that the theory of relativity rests. How about we change that definition to "nothing travels faster than light", ie that it is not impossible to exceed light speed, it is just that at the moment nothing does. Suppose a particle of light (photon) has some mass (otherwise it would not exist). Suppose we envisage a photon travelling at light speed. We are travelling in our turbocharged faster than light speed vehicle. We come up behind the photon and give it a little nudge. Does...
  • Mountain: Math curriculum doesn't add up

    01/13/2005 2:40:22 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 53 replies · 1,131+ views
    Newton Tab ^ | January 12, 2005 | Tom Mountain
    The school department was recently forced to publicly admit that the sixth-grade MCAS math scores have steadily declined over the past three years to the point where 32 percent of sixth-graders are now in the "warning" or "needs improvement" category. This means that if we were to attach a letter grade to these sixth-grade MCAS math results it would be a D-plus, with only 68 percent of the students passing. Brown Middle School fared so poorly that it is now subject to be placed under the federal No Child Left Behind Act for failing to keep pace under the minimum...
  • Even Einstein Had His Off Days

    01/01/2005 4:55:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 3,386+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2005 | SIMON SINGH
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR London WE have now entered what is being celebrated as the Einstein Year, marking the centenary of the physicist's annus mirabilis in 1905, when he published three landmark papers - those that proved the existence of the atom, showed the validity of quantum physics and, of course, introduced the world to his theory of special relativity. Not bad for a beginner. "It's not that I'm so smart," Einstein once said, "It's just that I stay with problems longer." Whatever the reason for his greatness, there is no doubt that this determination allowed him to invent courageous new...
  • is the Earth hollow?

    10/08/2004 5:48:51 PM PDT · by -=[_Super_Secret_Agent_]=- · 48 replies · 1,255+ views
    umuseum ^ | 1997 | Lee Krystek
    The Hollow Earth Perhaps some of the most bizarre scientific theories ever considered were those concerning the possibility that the Earth was hollow. One of the earliest of these was proposed in 1692 by Edmund Halley. Edmund Halley was a brilliant English astronomer whose mathematical calculations pinpointed the return of the comet that bears his name. Halley was fascinated by the earth's magnetic field. He noticed the direction of the field varied slightly over time and the only way he could account for this was there existed not one, but several, magnetic fields. Halley came to believe that the Earth...
  • On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation

    11/30/2004 6:21:11 PM PST · by betty boop · 934 replies · 11,089+ views
    November 30, 2004 | Jean F. Drew
    On Plato, the Early Church, and Modern Science: An Eclectic Meditation By Jean F. Drew God, purposing to make the universe most nearly like the every way perfect and fairest of intelligible beings, created one visible living being, containing within itself all living beings of the same natural order. Thus does Plato (d. 347 B.C.) succinctly describe how all that exists is ultimately a single, living organism. At Timaeus20, he goes on to say: “There exists: first, the unchanging form, uncreated and indestructible, admitting no modification and entering no combination … second, that which bears the same name as the...
  • Space Probes feel cosmic tug of bizarre forces

    09/13/2004 5:18:34 AM PDT · by djf · 22 replies · 972+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Sep 12, 2004 | Robin Mckie
    Something strange is tugging at America's oldest spacecraft. As the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes head towards distant stars, scientists have discovered that the craft - launched more than 30 years ago - appear to be in the grip of a mysterious force that is holding them back as they sweep out of the solar system. Some researchers say unseen 'dark matter' may permeate the universe and that this is affecting the Pioneers' passage. Others say flaws in our understanding of the laws of gravity best explain the crafts' wayward behaviour. Excerpted - see link
  • Gravitational anomalies: An invisible hand?

    08/21/2004 1:31:57 AM PDT · by ScuzzyTerminator · 51 replies · 2,561+ views
    Gravitational anomalies An invisible hand?An unexplained effect during solar eclipses casts doubt on General Relativity “ASSUME nothing” is a good motto in science. Even the humble pendulum may spring a surprise on you. In 1954 Maurice Allais, a French economist who would go on to win, in 1988, the Nobel prize in his subject, decided to observe and record the movements of a pendulum over a period of 30 days. Coincidentally, one of his observations took place during a solar eclipse. When the moon passed in front of the sun, the pendulum unexpectedly started moving a bit faster than...
  • Newton Vs. The Clockwork Universe

    07/19/2004 11:35:57 AM PDT · by betty boop · 130 replies · 2,588+ views
    Wolfhart Pannenberg "Toward a Theoelogy of Nature" | July 19, 2004 | Jean F. Drew
    Newton vs. The Clockwork Universe By Jean F. Drew As Wolfhart Pannenberg observes in his Toward a Theology of Nature: Essays on Science and Faith (1993), the present-day intellectual mind-set assumes that there is no relation or connection between the God of the Christian faith and the understanding of the world in the natural sciences. Ironically this separation of God from the world is commonly credited to Sir Isaac Newton, the father of classical mechanics, whose ground-breaking work on the laws of motion and thermodynamics seemed to posit a purely mechanistic, deterministic, “clockwork universe” that was not dependent on God...
  • "Attacking" President Bush

    12/13/2003 6:41:06 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 19 replies · 232+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 11-27-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    Attacking” President Bush November 27, 2003 “Some are attacking the president for attacking the terrorists,” says a new Republican TV ad for President Bush. In its verbal sloppiness, this message is fully worthy of the president himself. Of course nobody is “attacking” him in the same sense that he is “attacking the terrorists,” with real bullets and bombs. Various people are criticizing him, some with measured language, some with verbal abuse, but all of them are well within the limits of the “freedom” and “democracy” he says he wants to promote around the world. So why does he allow and...
  • Where Have You Gone, Isaac Newton?

    10/25/2003 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 149 replies · 432+ views
    Ayn Rand Institute ^ | Oct. 2, 2003 | David Harriman
    Where Have You Gone, Isaac Newton? By David Harriman          More and more today, we are inundated with foolishness masquerading as science. Psychic hotlines proliferate, politicians consult astrologers, and people reject their doctor's advice in favor of "alternative healing" dispensed by quacks. In the past, defenders of real science could be relied upon to expose and debunk such nonsense. So where are these defenders today?         Unfortunately, they are too busy dreaming up foolishness of their own.         This is not, of course, the first time in history that people have believed their fates could be read in the stars and their diseases...
  • Scott Newton, Roger Crowder seeking to be firsts in their respective statewide races [Miss.]

    08/23/2003 9:39:47 AM PDT · by JohnnyZ · 2 replies · 328+ views
    DeSoto Times ^ | August 22, 2003 | ROBERT LEE LONG
    Roger Crowder, Republican candidate for State Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, discusses strategy with Ellen Jernigan of the DeSoto County Area Republican Women and GOP Executive Committee. SOUTHAVEN — Two candidates for statewide office — Scott Newton, Republican contender for attorney general and Roger Crowder, GOP candidate for state agricultural and commerce commissioner — both are seeking to be “firsts.” Newton, a former FBI agent from Ridgeland, is seeking to become the state’s first Republican attorney general, while Crowder, a retired state agricultural marketing specialist, is seeking to become Mississippi’s first Republican commissioner of agriculture and commerce, not to...
  • Don't Fall For Black Panthers Myth

    02/25/2002 1:27:06 AM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 556+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/25/02 | Stanley Crouch
    Over the past several years, there has been a growing romantic image of the Black Panther Party. Those guys who swaggered in their black leather jackets and berets, carried their copies of Mao's "Little Red Book" and talked more stuff than the radio are now seen as Robin Hoods of the black left, destroyed by FBI infiltration and the hot lead of local police departments. This image completely distorts what the Panthers really were and how they functioned during the wild years following the 1965 Watts riot. Purported revolutionaries seemed to rise from the sidewalks of Watts. Some were agents ...
  • Newton set 2060 for end of world

    02/21/2003 5:35:31 PM PST · by MadIvan · 139 replies · 472+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2003 | Jonathan Petre
    Sir Isaac Newton, Britain's greatest scientist, predicted the date of the end of the world - and it is only 57 years away. His theories about Armageddon have been unearthed by academics from little-known handwritten manuscripts in a library in Jerusalem. The thousands of pages show Newton's attempts to decode the Bible, which he believed contained God's secret laws for the universe. Newton, who was also a theologian and alchemist, predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would follow plagues and war and would precede a 1,000-year reign by the saints on earth - of which he would be one....
  • Ditching Dark Matter

    02/15/2003 7:40:45 AM PST · by Phaedrus · 30 replies · 345+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday February 13, 2003 | Marcus Chown
    If Newton saw today's astronomical evidence, would he come up with a different law of gravity? A growing number of people think so, says Marcus Chown There's something wrong with our understanding of spiral galaxies such as our own Milky Way. The stars in their outer parts are being whirled around far too fast. Like children on a speeded-up roundabout, they should be flung into intergalactic space. To explain why this does not happen, astronomers have been forced to propose that the visible stars and nebulae are supplemented by at least 10 times more invisible stuff. The gravity of this...
  • "Beam Me Up Scotty" Anti-gravity: Fact or Fiction?

    01/04/2003 6:26:20 AM PST · by ASA Vet · 59 replies · 729+ views
    "Beam Me Up Scotty" Anti-gravity: Fact or Fiction? Dearborn High video/computer students are the first high school students in the world to build an "antigravity???" machine for 2002-2003 Metro-Detroit Science Fair. Yes, you can say impossible. Yes, you can say it defies Newton's 3rd law of gravity. Yes, you can say it's done with smoke and mirrors. Nevertheless three teenage Dearborn High students, Luke Duncan, 16, Ethan Rein, 17, and Jim Bergren, 16, built and flew an "antigravity???" aircraft last Sunday in the school video/computer studio. It has no fans, no jets, and no engines. It makes no sound, and...
  • "go to Newton High School [...] to put a condom over a banana"

    09/09/2002 8:53:44 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 83 replies · 1,142+ views
    The Standard-Times ^ | September 8, 2002
    BU Academy gay alliance shut down By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON -- A support group for gay and lesbian students at a preparatory school run by Boston University has been disbanded at the direction of university chancellor John Silber, who said he believes it encouraged premarital sex. Silber gave the orders to the BU Academy headmaster James Tracy, who complied. "We're not running a program in sex education," Silber told The Boston Globe. "If they want that kind of program, they can go to Newton High School. They can go to public school and learn how to put a...