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Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. Breath Sweeps Mind. Want to find your mind. June 15, 2010 §

Want to find your mind

Real solutions from real experts. June 16, 2010 §

Real solutions from real experts.

A new way to count. A reason for capitalists to care about Quantum Physics. A Ridiculous Essay on Rational Outreach (via The Tribal Scientist) July 19, 2010 § Fantastic insights.

A Ridiculous Essay on Rational Outreach (via The Tribal Scientist)

Humor has always reached me better than any other form of communication. Someone is always going to be offended. A public immunity to freeloaders « The Tribal Scientist. July 25, 2010 § So many articles have been written about the Anti-Vaxers lately that they start to blend together.

A public immunity to freeloaders « The Tribal Scientist

This one by Mike McRae really stands out. He approaches the subject in a reasoned and rational way. Not that I don’t appreciate the sarcasm and humor of other recent posts that have taken on Jenny Mccarthy and the AVN. Science-based Hippies? « She Thought. July 25, 2010 § What?

Science-based Hippies? « She Thought

Oh, OK now I get it. Schedule for LHC’s next few years revealed. July 26, 2010 § The race is on, or continuing between the LHC and the Tevatron.

Schedule for LHC’s next few years revealed

Regular readers know of my passion for particle physics. I find the work they are doing at the accelerators endlessly fascinating. Will they find this Higgs? Personally I don’t think so. Critical Thinking 101: A Skeptics Toolkit. July 27, 2010 § Have you ever tried convincing someone that ghosts aren’t real, aliens are not abducting people or that psychics are con artists, only to end up in an argument?

Critical Thinking 101: A Skeptics Toolkit

It has happened to me. More often you are presented with a situation where a friend or family member states something you know to be complete baloney, but out of politeness or fear you say nothing. Well, thanks to The Cleveland Skeptics, now you can. They have put together a toolkit. LHC results: Not just the same old thing. July 27, 2010 § At the International Conference on High Energy Physics someone said something about Supersymmetry.

LHC results: Not just the same old thing

These guys are talking way over my head. But it sounds very exciting and I want to understand. Is there someone who can dumb it down just a little for me? The Importance of Unbelief. July 30, 2010 § Skeptic Top Trumps Cards by Caricature Club Stephen Fry, for those who don’t know him, is a brilliant actor, writer, quiz show host and all around great guy.

The Importance of Unbelief

I stumbled upon this interview on from December 2009. Are you a Skeptic or a Cynic. The next time you are about to call something a load of crap, ask yourself this question.

Are you a Skeptic or a Cynic

Are you being a skeptic or just a cynic? There is a difference. Yes, there is an overlap many times with a lot of people. Just because something doesn’t fit your preconceived notion of how the world works, doesn’t make it wrong. Skeptic Exchange. Humungous bubbles blown from small black hole. Kitten Wearing a Tiny Hat - Audition Outtakes. SP Content / What? Me, worry? Error Number: 1054. How We Fool Ourselves Over and Over. June 20, 2010 § Please check out this excellent article about the new book “The Invisible Gorilla and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us” It is about how we are so focused on a task we literally don’t see what is right in front of our eyes. The article links to a video of a test that was done 10 years ago. PJZen's The Big Picture. Almost every social networking site on the internet requires your to fill out a personal bio section. That “Tell us a little about yourself” box always makes me cringe. It took me weeks to put an “About me” page on this blog.

Part of the reason is I find it hard to talk about myself. (I am getting over that.) The main reason though is people are judgmental bastards. Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. On Saturday, June 19, 2010, oil spread northeast from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. John Hagelin, Ph.D on Consciousness 2 of 2. AT-AT DAY AFTERNOON. Bubbles! The magic of knowledge exchange. Science and Physics. Untitled. AtlasResults < Atlas < TWiki. AtlasResults < Atlas < TWiki. Giant natural particle accelerator discovered above thun. ( -- A lightning researcher at the University of Bath has discovered that during thunderstorms, giant natural particle accelerators can form 40 km above the surface of the Earth. Dr Martin Füllekrug from the University’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering presented his new work on Wednesday 14 April at the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (RAS NAM 2010) in Glasgow.

His findings show that when particularly intense lightning discharges in thunderstorms coincide with high-energy particles coming in from space (cosmic rays), nature provides the right conditions to form a giant particle accelerator above the thunderclouds. The cosmic rays strip off electrons from air molecules and these electrons are accelerated upwards by the electric field of the lightning discharge. The free electrons and the lightning electric field then make up a natural particle accelerator.

The Physics behind the paper behind “Colliding Particles” « Life. Bosonic string theory. Bosonic string theory is the original version of string theory, developed in the late 1960s. In the early 2000s, supersymmetry was discovered in the context of string theory, and a new version of string theory called superstring theory (supersymmetric string theory) became the real focus. Nevertheless, bosonic string theory remains a very useful "toy model" to understand many general features of perturbative string theory, and string theory textbooks usually start with the bosonic string.

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