Observations and Musings of a Retired Scientist and Humanist

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Essays and Commentary on Politics

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Higher Education Reform

Most high school graduates can benefit from post-secondary education. But the one-size-fits-all traditional 4-year college experience may not be appropriate for everyone.

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The Problem with Compromise

Compromise is essential for a democracy to function properly, but compromise works only when all parties recognize its importance and are willing to negotiate.

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No Room for Arrogance

The predominant attribute in the American political scheme of late (2017) is arrogance. A little humility might go a long way in addressing our legislative stale-mate and restoring our democratic ideals. 

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Venus Vacation

Sorry, but the Sience is IN...Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. All climate change skeptics should take a vacation to Venus and see how they like it.

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Fake News

Fake news and alternate reality issues have always been useful tools for charlatans to persuade the delusional. But recently it has become fodder for a large percentage of our population. 

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Psychology of Fact vs. Fiction

Recent research in psychology has begun to shed light on why it is so difficult to change a person's strongly held beliefs even when confronted by overwhelming evidence. It helps explain why voters often vote against their own best interests.