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Posted May 24, 2010
I read Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner back in my teens. It gave me a basis to judge some new claim or study in science. It is THE classic on scientific skepticism.
I say again READ THIS BEFORE YOU ACCEPT ANYTHING FROM SOME EXPERT...
Mr. Gardner's list five common characteristics of pseudo-scientists.
1. The pseudo-scientist considers himself a genius.
2. He regards other researchers as stupid, dishonest or both. By choice or necessity he operates outside the peer review system (hence the title of the original Antioch Review article, "The Hermit Scientist").
3. He believes there is a campaign against his ideas, a campaign compared with the persecution of Galileo or Pasteur.
4. Instead of side-stepping the mainstream, the pseudo-scientist attacks it head-on: The most revered scientist is Einstein so Gardner writes that Einstein is the most likely establishment figure to be attacked.
5. He coins neologisms.
MARTIN GARDNER... 1914 - 2010 A REAL POLYMATH RIP
My thoughts are with you and yours.
Thank you... I found Mr Gardner's Scientific American column back in high school. It was tough waiting for the next month, so I was going back in old issues and getting his books on so many topics... from magic... to Lewis Carroll & Alice in wonderland plus advanced math topics
I thank you for feeding my multiple interests... I strive to be a fraction of the renaissance man that you are
I found about his formal education much later. "His mathematical writings intrigued a generation of mathematicians, but he never took a college math course. " My respect increased even more.
I recently found out he edited Humpty Dumpty pushing his influence far further back than I ever realized.
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Posted April 27, 2014
My sleep was pretty good. The dreams were sweet. No ugly demigod stuff that bothered me. I woke up late to the noise of Luke making something in the kitchen. The smells were great. Really great. I trudged out of bed over to him. All of the sudden I remembered. Camp. Shiz. This was bad. What about Vivian and Paige? The harpies, Chiron (I doubt Mr. D could care less), and everyone must be confused. How could I ditch Garrett and Sun? I kept it all in my head as I walked over to the scents. "Hello there my dear Courtney." Luke grinned. What was with all this grinning we did? Maybe I should stop... "Hi there Luke..." I smirked. He declared we were eating pancakes with whipped creme on top for breakfast and lemonade as a drink. "I didn't know you could cook." I told him. His mischevious smile came up again. Dang. He was good looking. "There's a lot of things you don't know about me my dear Courtney. I have no table, so we can sit on the bed while you tell me the story of your life." I agreed and I told him all about my life (leaving out the demigod part) and how I came to this party. I also let him in on my last name. He was really good at listening, and didn't interupt once. After I was done with breakfast and my story telling, I flopped onto my back. "Hey Courtney, would you ever let me kiss you?" Luke quietly asked. I got onto my elbows and looked at him. "Why?.." I asked in question. "Well Courtney Love, I really want to." I waited a few seconds. He seemed really patient and I nodded. He leaned down and kissed me. Slow and soft at first, but then it became passionate. I hadn't made out with anyone since Randy and I where an item. After a while we stopped. I asked him, "Tell me about yourself." He told me how his parents, Percy and Annabeth, had named him after their enemy who turned out to be a really great hero in the end. He loved to cook and dance. Odd things for him (not trying to be sexist). He really seemed like a jock. After a while he finished his story. Then we kissed again. ••• Sorry if you don't like romance, I just had to do that one. It was absolutely necesary for my writing. I'll try to be a bit less mushy for you next time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.