5 New Technologies to Watch

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In the field of technology, Moore’s law (which is more of an observation and not a physical law) states that in the field of microprocessors, the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles about every two years. Some scientists, like Dr. Michio Kaku, feel that this “law” may be coming to an end. Nonetheless, advancements in computing technology, in all of its varied applications still seems to dazzle and amaze the general public. I’ve collected a few types of emerging technology that might prove to be very common and even revolutionary in the coming years.

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Waiting for the Big 3

The new "Big 3"

The new “Big 3”

Years ago the music world was blessed with the gathering of the Big 3. Of course, I speak of the Three Tenors, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. Even folks who were not fans of opera were impressed by this gathering of three of the best known singers in the business. It was, perhaps the perfect storm of operatic talent. These three men, each a star in his own right, became part of something much bigger and showed the world that when giants converge, amazing things can happen.

Now I sit and wait… and wonder. Will there be a new gathering of the Big 3? I’m not speaking of opera now. I’m talking about the rock stars of modern popular science. The three men who are in the spotlight everywhere whenever science is discussed. The ambassadors of physics, the kings of quantum mechanics, the men that collectively make up the fifth universal force… none other than Drs. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking.

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The Challenge of Critical Thinking

How critical is our thinking?

How critical is our thinking?

I’ve been studying the concept and skill set of critical thinking as of late and while I would consider myself still a novice in this area, it has already opened my eyes to a number of biases I was previously unaware I had. The trouble with a bias is that it acts like a blind spot in our understanding of concepts. We assume we are seeing an issue clearly because we don’t know that our biases are blinding us from pieces of information that could potentially alter our perspective. I’ve always thought of myself as leaning towards the liberal worldview and when I would hear those whose viewpoints were decidedly more conservative speak about “Left Wing Radicals” I would dismiss those assertions with a wave of my hand assuming that perspective was an exaggerated construct and simply untrue. I no longer take that position.

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Extinction of an Industry

Could this be the future of energy?

Could this be the future of energy?

Could producers of fossil fuels eventually go the way of the dinosaur? Some feel that it’s only a matter of time before pressure from the free market pushes the oil and coal industries out of business. With demand for alternative energy sources growing and the cost of producing clean energy shrinking, the planet may be going through a metamorphosis that will ultimately leave fossil fuels in the dirt.

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Sick Children’s books

A companion book to Sammy's Splendid Smallpox

A companion book to Sammy’s Splendid Smallpox

Oh, the places I could go… with this absurd story. It seems that a creative anti-vaxxer from Australia named Stephanie Messenger decided to put her ridiculous views into a self-published children’s book. This tome of nonsense tries to glorify Measles and downplay the seriousness of contracting it. Her ill-informed perspective on disease is laid out on her author’s page from Amazon. She seeks to

Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages from vested interests to fear all diseases in order for someone to sell some potion or vaccine, when, in fact, history shows that in industrialized countries, these diseases are quite benign and, according to natural health sources, beneficial to the body. Having raised three children vaccine-free and childhood disease-free, I have experienced many times when my children’s vaccinated peers succumb to the childhood diseases they were vaccinated against.

 

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The Pursuit of Knowledge

Can you know what you don't know?

Can you know what you don’t know?

I realized after I finished my article on Agnosticism that I still had much more to say on the subject. And when an idea gets into my head, sometimes the only way to make it stop swirling around my brain, bumping into things and making a complete mess is to let it out to play. So if you enjoy philosophical discussions, debates, arguments, screaming matches or whatever you do, feel free to continue reading and let me know what you think (Please! I really want feedback on my blog.) If this topic is a bit too heavy for you, feel free to read my articles “Put on a happy face” or “5 Things that are better than stepping on a cat”. They are light and airy and just a bit silly. No deep thinking there.

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An Argument for Agnosticism

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Ok, so if you’ve read my other posts you’ve probably decided I have a somewhat liberal view of the world. In my curious and inquisitive approach to life I have searched for answers that probably will never come. I’ve explored numerous religions and philosophies, from Christianity to Buddhism and from Socrates to Nietzsche. I’ve picked up bits of what I consider to be wisdom from all sorts of places. I like to collect the thoughts of others to remind me of all the little lessons in life. Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan… they all have contributed to my growing understanding of the world in which we live. And as I grow older I become more convinced that my pursuit of knowledge will never yield “The Answer”. I now firmly believe that human beings cannot, will not ever understand with any certainty the wholeness of life. Our greatest minds, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, Tesla and others have scratched small etchings on the surface of the great mystery but our poor amazing brains simply cannot conceive what the cosmos displays before us with such candor. We can speculate and postulate and observe and measure and test and retest and in the end if we are truly honest, we can only be left with the humble realization that we know almost nothing. And that is now why I consider myself Agnostic.

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The Energy Game

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Like many people, I have a hard time understanding why opposition to climate change still exists and why the proponents of the notion that climate change is a farce are so adamant and tenacious about their position. After all, the evidence that climate change is happening and that it is being impacted by human existence is overwhelming.

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Out of the Silent Planet

From the Blue Marble to the Red Planet

From the Blue Marble to the Red Planet

Is there life on Mars? That fascinating question has puzzled mankind for ages. And it seems that we are getting closer to finding an answer. Scientists have learned in recent years that Mars has far more water (in frozen form anyway) than we first thought. Water, of course, is necessary for the development and sustenance of life as we understand it. Most scientists studying Mars agree that while the polar caps of Mars may contain ice, life would require water in its liquid form. While there may not be liquid water there now (at least that we’ve found), new evidence suggests it may have existed on the planet’s surface at one time. In addition,there is some speculation that newly discovered methane “burps” might come from microbial life.

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