Author Archives: alan

Want $#\neq#$ Like

I think the Rolling Stones had a thing or two to say about this! Source: You can want things you don’t like and like things you don’t want | Psyche Ideas

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One Not So True Thing

Mo Husseini’s list of ‘50 Completely True Things‘ is an admirable attempt to bring some perspective (and humour?) to discussions of the current conflict in the Middle East. But leaving aside the question of whether 13th century Syria counts as … Continue reading

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Priuses are Blue and Pick-ups are Red

. . . according to the current US left-right colour-coding of politics that is. But, according to Suzuki Elder (and my good friend) Bob Worcester, the vehicle of choice should be green. And in order to provide the necessary all-encompassing … Continue reading

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Carbon Capture plan “not economically feasible.”

Well duh! If it costs $2.4 billion to extract “up to” 3 million tonnes per year, then at Canada’s carbon “tax” rate of $80 per ton it would take about 100 years to pay for just the capital cost of … Continue reading

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The Kids are (Mostly) Allright 

Writing in the ‘Persuasion’ Substack community, Shalom Auslander pleads  Dear Media, Stop Taking Students Too Seriously. I like the sanity of this piece – reflected in full measure by that of the author’s son. And I agree with the criticism … Continue reading

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Shame On Them All

The recent scandal at Guernica magazine was deeply embarrassing to me despite not having any involvement in or even awareness of the magazine.  This is because I know that if I had been aware of the magazine I would have … Continue reading

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More about JKRowling

One answer to a Quora question about JKRowling goes as follows: It isn’t what she herself has said, although she’s been generally insulting and has displayed great ignorance by denying the fact that the Nazis destroyed scientific literature about trans people. … Continue reading

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“Very Fine People”

I expected to like this (more than 2 years) old piece by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff on the way opposing viewpoints seem to dig themselves deeper and deeper into extremes of overreach. But I was surprised to find in it … Continue reading

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“Mistakes and Violation of Protocol”

It may seem to Palestinians that Western outrage over the murder of foreign food delivery workers is placing higher value on our own ethnicity than on the other victims. But it is more that by seeing the targeting of an … Continue reading

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Why MAGA Loves Putin

What’s more, the grievance and resentment at the heart of Trumpist nationalism in America is in some ways quite similar to the mentality of Putinist nationalism in Russia: One obsesses over losing the culture war and being disrespected by the … Continue reading

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Renewable Natural Gas?

Apparently FortisBC is being sued over ‘deceptive’ marketing tactics regarding so-called Renewable Natural Gas. I haven’t seen what Fortis is actually offering or claiming, but capturing methane from waste dumps makes sense (and is renewable in the sense that the … Continue reading

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Hospitals Under Siege!

One doesn’t “besiege” a site that is not resisting. So the question that comes to mind here is who is returning fire and how did they get in to “defend” the hospitals? Source: Israeli forces besiege two hospitals, kill dozens … Continue reading

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Polkinghorne’s QTVSI

John Polkinghorne’s  Quantum Theory – a Very Short Introduction is a decent enough introduction to quantum theory, but might have been even better if 30% shorter. The first two chapters are a pretty good introduction to the historical motivation and … Continue reading

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Genocidal anti-genocide

Many (but not all) anti-genocide protests are themselves genocidal (in the opposite direction), so opposing those protests does not imply endorsing what they are protesting against. And failing to recognize the genocidal aspects of an entity’s behaviour is not the … Continue reading

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The Theft Continues

The life of Scandinavian writer Victoria Benedictsson, who achieved literary stardom under a male identity as Ernst Ahlgren and then committed suicide apparently due to unrequeited love for a man, is quite a fascinating story. But it seems odd that … Continue reading

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Defining Antisemitism

This makes things so much clearer (and more acceptable) to me. According to Kenneth Stern, the lead author of the I.H.R.A. “definition”, its main intent was more to identify things as warning signs of possible antisemitism than as de facto … Continue reading

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Was Mace ‘shamed’ by  Stephanopoulos?

Nancy Mace claimed that she was being “shamed” as rape victim when George Stephanopoulos asked her how she could support Donald Trump after seeing the result of the E Jean Carroll lawsuit. But Stephanopoulos made no reference to Mace’s personal … Continue reading

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Overshoot

All sides in politics these days seem to think that it is a good idea to include and endorse any argument or “evidence” that appears to support their own cause, no matter how stupidly outlandish or unreliable the purported argument … Continue reading

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Another run at the Twin “Paradox”

A Quora questioner asks: How do you solve the Twin Paradox if everyone (including the waypoint) is co-moving at the get-go? But what’s with the “if” in this question? And what do they mean by the word “co-moving” other than perhaps … Continue reading

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Genes are Blueprints

This essay suggesting that “it’s time to replace the genetic blueprint idea” seems to be confounding the genome itself with its expression. For while the genome as a whole only implicitly and incompletely specifies the overall structure and behaviour of … Continue reading

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