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Entropy

It seems you can’t talk about entropy without mentioning the second law of thermodynamics. That law states that the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time. This creates the asymmetry between the past and the future, … Continue reading

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Drought Returning

Since the last report where the drought level was easing due to low temperatures and wet conditions, things are picking up again. While Droughtman seized the opportunity to point out that the wildfire hazard was low, it didn’t last. We’ve … Continue reading

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Drought Easing

“Enchanted Light | New Mexico” by Jim Crotty is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Already we have surpassed the average rainfall for July, at only the three-quarter mark. This has allowed the drought level to be reduced from 3 to … Continue reading

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More Drought

Droughtman is strangely quiet these days. It has been cool and cloudy and is forecast for more of the same, with the possibility of precipitation, and he hasn’t said anything snide about it. It might have something to do with … Continue reading

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Drought Two

Look up in the sky! Is it a cloud? Is it rain? No, it’s Droughtman! Yes, I’m afraid our blogger is at it again. Our water watchers have raised the advisory level to 2, which stands for dry conditions and … Continue reading

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Drought Conditions

“Enchanted Light | New Mexico” by Jim Crotty is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 In my area precipitation has been below normal for the last few months. This is the time of year when we would normally expect a good … Continue reading

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How Science is Reshaping the Race Debate

I’ve written about racism before. I think I’ve made it clear that I don’t think science can justify dividing us into “races.” The similarities among us are too great, and the differences within the “races” are also too great. As … Continue reading

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In Defense of Disbelief

“Vierge Marie”by leo.jeje is licensed under CC BY 2.0 How appropriate that right after Laird’s post, On Spiritual Matters, I should come across this Scientific American article discussing belief and disbelief. The author explains how he was initially indoctrinated to … Continue reading

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Measuring Dimensions

We live on a rocky ball about 12,750 kilometers through and 40,050 kilometers around its widest diameter. It has a mass of about six quadrillion megatonnes, which is so ridiculously large compared to things we’re used to that it doesn’t … Continue reading

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People Who Know the Least Think They Know the Most

The Edmonton Journal has an article about an inverse correlation between how much a person knows and how much they think they know. People often suffer from an ‘illusion of knowledge,’ write the authors of a new study that finds … Continue reading

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