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an end and a new beginning...
the past month has been filled with
ponderings on the turning of the wheel.
February is that time for me, a time of
beginnings and endings, birth and death -
the wheel turns, and spring comes.
Skadhi recedes and Freyja approaches.
i sit in stillness, awaiting, wondering
what this time, this revolution, will bring.
what will rise from the ashes?
what is waiting to be born?
cycles upon cycles, wheels within wheels.
the planets in their orbits, the moon
brings the tides, wave after wave.
i sit on that shore letting the waves
of history wash over me. events
of all sorts set up synchronic resonances,
but we notice them most with the big ones:
explosions of joy, catastrophic impacts,
changes of great magnitude.
but if you allow yourself to drift on the currents,
you will notice them everywhere, in the
most unexpected places, the simplest of things,
in both trivialities and hidden gems.
do not cling to them, nor seek to make them stay,
for down that pa
Science: Fact or Fail?She blinded me with science...Science: Fact or Fail?
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or, "Why you should take every 'scientific fact' with a shaker of salt".
Section I: The Secret Life of a Scientist
I will merely mention the observer effect here, for completeness sake. I don't want to discuss it at length, since it's mechanism is elusive and ultimately calls into question the very nature of scientific inquiry. Suffice to say it's there, it's working, and it's not going away anytime soon.
Theoretical Bias: Most scientists (those doing interesting things, anyways) work within a theoretical framework. The framework is important because it determines the types of questions (hypotheses) which can be asked and answered. However, scientists have egos, like everyone else, and want to be "right". A good theory will generate numerous testable hypotheses, some of which may yield results that severely undermine the theory itself. It is a common blind-spot of scientists to ignore such hypotheses, o