[T]he intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.Note that the above definition is no less accurate when we separate it into two elements: Element #1: The intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication. Element #2: The intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, and synthesizing evaluated information as a guide to belief and action. Element #1 skills, also known as critical evaluation skills, are not usually required to judge the quality or veracity of the information students receive in class; schools and teachers do not deliberately provide students with nonsense or misinformation. Outside the classroom environment, however, the skills reflected in Element #1 are ess
Greetings Science Students!
After all I think that if you are a supporter of science or a scientist you never really stop being a student. What an amazing time we are living in. Do you remember the statement that started with "If they can put a man on the moon"? It seems like such a naïve question these days.
Today we face massive challenges that may very well change how we live on the planet in our lifetimes. Some would say that it all started back in
A Belated Happy Valentine's Day Science Fans,
This is a bit late for actual Valentine Day Science but it's not like we don't have the opportunity of extending some fun these days. It's hard to imagine that we have been in the Covid-19 mode for a year now. As they say, "it's been a hell of a year" between politics and science (note the date on that!). These days deciding what and who to believe can be a challenge. There are so many people with so many different ideas
I just bought 25 raffle tickets for a multi-day orbital journey. Since each orbit takes about 90 minutes, i’ll make 16 orbits each day while i’m up there. First, however, i need to win the raffle. ¿Would you like to buy a few tickets? Just donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each dollar you donate in February gives you one raffle ‘ticket.’ The winner will ride in a SpaceX Dragon capsule with three other folk. Because of olfactory fatigue, you shouldn’t be too concerned about spending a few days in an unventilated capsule with three others - - and no bathroom - - and no DoorDash deliveries. (Hmmm. ¿Have you read or seen “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre?)
[Beginning of rant] Let’s face it - our education system is to blame for a citizenry where so many believe the election was stolen, vaccinations are harmful, Democrats are pedophiles, Antifa led the Capitol attack, astronauts never went to the moon, mass shootings were staged, homeopathy heals, and
Greetings Science Acceptors!
I have to say that I'm having a hard time deciding what to write about this weekend. I'm not sure about you but it has been difficult to avoid doom scrolling. So let me share a bit of great news for a change. In a couple of days we will have a new president. His challenges are many and staggering to think about. I am really encouraged by many things but this is great… Finally there will be a Presidential Science Advisor in the
Hello Reasonable and Science Accepting Folks,
Is it still 2020? Is this the 42nd of December? It has been a rough start to the new year that everybody was so hopeful about.
Here at the SciSchmooze we focus on science, reason, and critical thinking. Many people are struggling with what happened last week in Washington DC. I think we have been watching a corollary of what happened for years and denying the importance of it. The "freedom" to deny facts has morphed into something really crazy. Many people have been able to deny facts and let that affect other people's lives to the detriment of us all.
Consider our own home, Earth. Over 2000 years ago Pythagoras and Aristotle figured out that the earth must be round. Eratosthenes even came up with a reasonable estimate of the circumference of the earth!
Let me welcome you to 2021, dear Reader,
(In case you were wondering, 2021 is not a prime. It is the product of 43 and 47.)
I cannot welcome you to the “present” however, because as soon as i greet you at the present, it is already in the past. ¿Sophistry? Perhaps, but perspectives of time are inspirational among poets, numerous among philosophers, and contentious among physicists. (That was Sabine Hossenfelder’s video. Because i lived in Germany, my mnemonic for her surname is “Hasenfelder,” which means “fields of rabbits.”) If you really want to take a deeper-dive on this topic, check out this article or
Hello Science Aficionados and General Lovers of Science as well,
I don't really need to say anything about what an incredible year this has been. It has been so incredible that this will be the last SciSchmooze of the year! (We are going to take a break the week after christmas since there is only one event listed between then and next year!)
Normally I would go on about science and society laced with lots of links. I'm going to be a bit more straightforward this time. Needless to say bioscience has lead the way this year and we are now hopefully on the brink of winning the Covid wars.
There are five events left on our calendar, four are about astronomy, and two are about the Great Conjunction! First off, watch