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  • Ten Paradoxes Of Our Age

    06/07/2018 5:42:35 PM PDT · by Politically Correct · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | 6 June 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The 21st century is reminding of us of some uncomfortable truths. Abroad, recent controversies over the rise of Chinese mercantilism, the specter of Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons, tensions in the European Union, the calcified Palestinian question, mass migrations, and the resurgence of Islamic terrorism all offer a number of lessons. At home, just as instructive is the strange juxtaposition between Obama’s suave progressivism and Trump’s coarse conservatism. Here are 10 takeaways from our current controversies. The Western world is in turmoil largely because of the widening gap between what the people see as true and the “truth” that...
  • AP Poll Shows Clinton Beating Trump at Everything

    04/11/2016 12:54:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 130 replies ^ | April 11, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    The Associated Press is out with new polling pitting Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump. Clinton beats Trump in every category among the general electorate, including on the questions of who is best to create jobs, who is better on international trade and who can "Make America Great Again," which of course is Trump's campaign slogan. First, the criteria:
  • The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

    02/02/2016 1:30:21 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 81 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/29/16 | Robert H. Gray
    Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect--potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates. The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist anywhere, because they would inevitably colonize the Galaxy by star travel--and since we don't see any obvious signs of aliens here, searching for their signals is pointless. The Drake Equation is perfectly genuine: it was created by astronomer...
  • Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

    01/09/2016 2:33:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/8/16 | Seth Fletcher
    Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger The Harvard string theorist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Penrose diagram for a semiclassical evaporating black hole, as presented in "Soft Hair on Black Holes." CREDIT: Prahar Mitra In the mid 1970s, Stephen Hawking made a string of unnerving discoveries about black holes—that they could evaporate, even explode, and destroy all information about what had fallen in. Physicists spent the next 40 years sorting through the wreckage. Then last year, at a...
  • The Fermi Paradox

    10/24/2015 1:45:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Tim Urban
    The Fermi Paradox By Tim Urban Facebook275k Twitter0 Google+0 Pinterest0 Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old “existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour.” But everyone feels something.Physicist Enrico Fermi felt something too—”Where is everybody?”________________A really starry sky seems vast—but all we’re looking at is our very local neighborhood. On the very...
  • Mysteries and Paradoxes of Evangelization – A Meditation on a Passage from the Gospel of Mark

    02/04/2015 8:17:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mysteries and Paradoxes of Evangelization – A Meditation on a Passage from the Gospel of Mark By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Church throughout the world today, we are rightly more focused on evangelization. It is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matt 28:18-20).However, even as we become more serious and practical about effective ways of evangelization, we must also remember the...
  • Cane Creek Shale Keeping Utah in Energy Mix

    06/04/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Industry interest and activity in shale reservoirs continues to escalate. The big headline-makers, such as the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, comprise only some chapters of the big story. The less familiar names also are beginning to make their mark. Count the Cane Creek shale in the Pennsylvanian-age Paradox formation in the Paradox Basin in southeast Utah among those receiving considerable attention. "The Cane Creek is a transgressive-regressive sequence in the lower portion of the Paradox," said AAPG member Stephanie Carney, geologist at the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). "It's tens of feet to nearly 200 feet thick, over-and underlain by salt beds,"...
  • Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory (article)

    10/23/2013 12:46:38 PM PDT · by fishtank · 34 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 23, 2013 | Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D.
    Sun Paradox Challenges Old Earth Theory by Tim Clarey, Ph.D. * Scientists previously uncovered fossil algae in Archean rocks—evidence of life in a period that evolutionists date from 3.0 to 3.5 billion years ago.1 At that supposed time, the sun would have been 70 percent less luminous compared to today, making Earth's surface icy and uninhabitable. But if those rocks are truly 3.0 to 3.5 billion years old, the meager solar energy delivered by the younger sun at that time would have prevented algae or any other life form from growing. Attempting to come up with something to counter the...
  • Silence in the sky—but why?

    08/26/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 170 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/25/13
    ( —Scientists as eminent as Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have long believed that humans will one day colonise the universe. But how easy would it be, why would we want to, and why haven't we seen any evidence of other life forms making their own bids for universal domination? A new paper by Dr Stuart Armstrong and Dr Anders Sandberg from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) attempts to answer these questions. To be published in the August/September edition of the journal Acta Astronautica, the paper takes as its starting point the Fermi paradox – the discrepancy between...
  • [Second] Best Statistics Question Ever

    11/07/2011 9:23:36 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 48 replies
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  • The Perry Paradox: Things are better in Texas, but not necessarily because of him.

    11/03/2011 9:18:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/03/2011 | Daniel Henninger
    Rick Perry says Texas is the most successful state in America. He's right. Texan economic output exceeds Mexico's and Australia's and rivals India's. Rick Perry has been governor of Texas for nearly 11 years. Does the logic of politics lead us to conclude that the governor of the nation's most successful state, ipso facto, is the best man to be president of the economically gasping United States? We are about to find out. Getting lost, however, among the governor's adventures in the lovely hamlets of New Hampshire is that Texas, with or without him, has a story the rest of...
  • The Job Openings Paradox (Help wanted ads on the rise, but little actual hires)

    12/15/2010 7:09:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Mandel on Innovation and Growth ^ | 12/15/2010 | Mike Mandel
    One of the great oddities of the current job market is that job openings (as reported by the BLS) and help-wanted online ads (as reported by the Conference Board) have both been on the rise over the past year. These are usually signs of good labor demand.However, actual new hires and employment growth have only edged up mildly. In other words, good labor demand has not translated into actual hires.We can see this most clearly in the business and professional services sector (advertising, law, computer programming, etc). The chart below plots the rate of new hires against the rate...
  • The Two-Envelope Problem Solution: Part I

    07/19/2010 6:11:38 AM PDT · by mattstat · 28 replies
    Another probability “paradox”, the two-envelope problem1, goes like this: Before you are two envelopes, A and B. One of them contains $X and the other $2X (which is equivalent to $Y/2 and $Y). You pick one envelope and are (1) asked if you would like to keep it or switch, or (2) open it, view its contents, and then asked if you would like to keep it or switch. Which strategy, keeping or switching, is likeliest to win you the big bucks? No peeking solution The traditional paradoxical solution to (1) is to argue this. Suppose you pick A, which...
  • Singer Murdered After Denying He Was Dead

    06/30/2010 11:35:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Belinda Goldsmith
    Mexican singer Sergio Vega was murdered while on a national tour at the weekend, just hours after denying reports of his death, local media reported. The 40-year-old singer, known as El Shaka, was driving his red Cadillac to a concert in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa on Saturday when his car was intercepted by unidentified shooters in a truck, reports said. His murder came just hours after he told entertainment website La Oreja that online reports of his death were wrong. "It's happened to me for years now, someone tells a radio station or a newspaper I've been killed,...
  • Obama's Surgeon General Zero Dollar available - use in your fight against Obamacare

    10/30/2009 12:47:08 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 9 replies · 394+ views
    self | 10/30/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Obama's surgeon general pick - a doctor who's supposed to be a health role model (if nothing else, I mean what the hell else does the Surgeon General do besides PSA's about 'do this, don't do that) and she's obese. It's more a statement about Obama than her, in reality. THis whole administration and the people working in it. Up is down. Good is bad. Left is right. 36,000 jobs saved/created for 1 trillion in stimulus tax money, but 3.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office. A tax cheat for Treasury Secretary. A huge pro-abort for Health and Human...
  • How to play the stock market blind and still make money

    08/17/2009 6:58:09 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 670+ views
    Times Online ^ | 05 Aug 2009 | Hannah Devlin
    The announcement of record profits for Barclays Capital on Monday was greeted with a bigger dose of resentment than of relief that the financial crisis has not proved absolutely terminal.There remains a deep sense of unease about investment banks and the techniques they use to make money. In my view, this is due in part to the veil of mystery that shrouds their operations. There's a lingering suggestion that money is being generated out of thin air and that this shouldn't be possible. It's unlikely that any hedge fund or investment bank will open their doors and say "look guys, here's how...
  • Noah's Ark - Fact Not Fiction

    08/22/2008 9:59:31 AM PDT · by Fennie · 81 replies · 1,784+ views
    In 1943 during WW2, an army Sgt., Ed Davis, was working in Iran near the Turkish border, in charge of locals hired by our army to build a road through Iran to the Soviet border, which would carry supplies to the Soviets instead of flying them in. In short, Ed did a tremendous favor for a little Kurdish village near Ararat. His workers were mostly Kurds and the chief of the village came to Ed and asked if he would like to see Noah's Ark. He said the summer on the mountain had been hottest in many years and the...
  • Noonan, Buckley & the Paradox of Privilege

    03/01/2008 8:05:28 AM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 147+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    Thank heavens for Peggy Noonan who so often manages, so elegantly, to articulate the meandering germs running through my brain but remaining unexpressed due to my lack of skill.In appreciating William F. Buckley today she writes: …When Jackie Onassis died, a friend of mine who knew her called me and said, with such woe, “Oh, we are losing her kind.” He meant the elegant, the cultivated, the refined. I thought of this with Bill’s passing, that we are losing his kind–people who were deeply, broadly educated in great universities when they taught deeply and broadly, who held deep views of...
  • A Deist Among The Mormons

    01/28/2008 3:00:26 PM PST · by Daryl L.Hunter · 459 replies · 220+ views
    Upper Valley Free Press ^ | 01-28-2008 | Daryl L. Hunter
    I live in a beautiful rural valley of 700 people in eastern Idaho and after I came to live here I found out that Utah isn’t the only place that is fifty percent Mormon. As a compulsively inquisitive geo-political junkie I decided to look through the Book of Mormon so I could learn a little about the belief of my neighbors. As with any outsider looking into another’s faith, I found many outlandish passages that would require faith to swallow, however, this is a characteristic that all religions share. What I have learned of my Mormon neighbors in the years...
  • Researchers may have solved information loss paradox to find black holes do not form

    06/20/2007 4:12:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies · 1,132+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 6/20/07
    "Nothing there," is what Case Western Reserve University physicists concluded about black holes after spending a year working on complex formulas to calculate the formation of new black holes. In nearly 13 printed pages with a host of calculations, the research may solve the information loss paradox that has perplexed physicists for the past 40 years.Case physicists Tanmay Vachaspati, Dejan Stojkovic and Lawrence M. Krauss report in the article, "Observation of Incipient Black Holes and the Information Loss Problem,” that has been accepted for publication by Physical Review D. "It's complicated and very complex," noted the researchers, regarding both the...