Snowden’s answer to the Fermi Paradox and its assumptions

The Fermi Paradox is the question that, if the conditions for life in the galaxy are as ubiquitous as they appear to be, so that there should be hundreds, if not thousands of alien civilizations out there, then where is everyone?  Why have we found no evidence for any for those civilizations?  And why aren't they here? … Continue reading Snowden’s answer to the Fermi Paradox and its assumptions

Time to change how we refer to American Civil War events and institutions?

Historian Michael Todd Landis has a proposal at the Historical News Network advocating that we should change the names we use to refer to American Civil War related events and institutions. The old labels and terms handed down to us from the conservative scholars of the early to mid-twentieth century no longer reflect the best … Continue reading Time to change how we refer to American Civil War events and institutions?

Thoughts on knowing and targeting your audience

Writing can be a tricky business.  Whenever you do it, it has to be with an audience in mind.  When I do blog posts here, I'm usually aiming for a general audience.  I try not to assume that my readers know obscure scientific or philosophical terminology.  That's a decision I've made, hopefully one I've lived up to. … Continue reading Thoughts on knowing and targeting your audience