Monthly Archives: November 2017

Still not yet.

Here are the National Merit finalists for the Albuquerque Public Schools system, for 2018: Cibola High School Gage Boman, Michael Kiesling Del Norte High School Benjamin Cochran Eldorado High School Maria Anna Cheshire, Caroline Pineda, Nicolas Savignon, Todd Snow La … Continue reading

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Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis was a strong supporter of endosymbiotic theory, the [correct !] notion that mitochondria and chloroplasts originated as independent prokaryotes, first put forth by Konstanin Mereschkowski in the early 1900s. Andreas Schimper had a similar notion as early as … Continue reading

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The Index

I heard an interesting true story: a CIA analyst, around the time the Iraq war started, said that anyone that didn’t believe in an Iraqi nuclear program was a racist. The Baathists were broke & under sanctions. More than half … Continue reading

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The Same Old Story

People often reinterpret past events, recast them in terms of some contemporary ideology. When historians talk about the Monophysites in Byzantine times, they often suggest that those struggle are a mask for a kind of proto-nationalism. Maybe they were: and … Continue reading

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The recent popularity of men choosing to be castrated and wear a dress ( a ‘sex-change’) has some similarities to certain past practices. The people involved had very different things to say about their reasons, but it’s sometimes better to … Continue reading

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Charter Schools

I noticed an article by Megan McArdle, We Libertarians Were Really Wrong About School Vouchers . She says “it was reasonable to think,in 1997, that voucher programs could change the world. ” No, it wasn’t. You had to be a … Continue reading

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I am not a Moron

So said Agustin Fuentes on Twitter, a few days ago. He’s the same guy that said “Genes don’t do anything by themselves; epigenetics and complex metabolic and developmental systems are at play in how bodies work. The roundworm C. elegans … Continue reading

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