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I can’t believe I’m writing about 2012…

But I am.  When I initially decided to start this blog I never would have thought that 2012 would be a potential topic, but after hearing it brought up once again I decided that I needed to.  Why?  Because some people feel quite strongly on the subject one way or the other.  Because it is a great example of people knowing “just enough to be dangerous”.  And because I’ve noticed that many people that will strongly say that they know 2012 won’t happen often can say why not.  It is very easy to have this knee-jerk reaction to something like doomsday scenarios just because of the frequency with which they come around.  But we should not dismiss something without considering it first.  If you can’t defend your stance on a topic you probably shouldn’t state it so strongly.

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Lasers and Antilasers

As I continue to characterize the filters on the telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory, I have run across an interesting news item.  I have an issue with the article though not with the science itself so I thought I’d share it here.  This article presents the “antilaser”.  However before jumping into the article I wanted to discuss lasers themselves because I find them to be an excellent example of science in everyday life.

Quantum mechanics (don’t close the page yet, I’m not going into quantum here!) is the weirdest area of science that exists.  By far.  People can do the math, solve the equations,and do quantum but anybody that thinks that quantum theory makes sense doesn’t understand what it is saying.  Niels Bohr said it best, “Anyone who has not been shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”.  Yet out of this weirdness and Continue reading ‘Lasers and Antilasers’


The Nature of Science

First off I want to say that I am in no way trying to give an official definition here.  I am merely stating what science is to me; ask someone different and prepare for a different answer.  Secondly I want to state what science is NOT.  Science is not a collection of facts or a body of knowledge.  Facts and knowledge are the ideal outcomes of science.  They are what science strives to produce.  Science is also not a lone practice carried out by some guy with crazy hair sitting at home scribbling on paper.  Science is a dynamic and human interaction driven process.  And there is the word!  The word that it all boils down to.  Science is a process.  Science is a way of thinking about and exploring the world.

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