The Boy Who Cried Wolf – a Letter to the president (sic)

Did your parents tell you the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf? It is one of Aesop's fables. Wikipedia sums it up: "The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When one actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers… Continue reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf – a Letter to the president (sic)

Impeach Donald Trump

Trump has been in violation of the constitution's foreign emolument clause since he was sworn into office yesterday. There are articles in Time and several other mainstream publications with pointers to a site, where people can sign a petition. The basic problem is that under the constitution, it is not allowed for any government officer… Continue reading Impeach Donald Trump

A Quick Primer on Climate Change

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) represents a consensus of scientific assessments of a wide body of evidence. Some of the key elements that people need to understand are as follows: Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. This means that it absorbs radiation from the sun and dissipates the energy by… Continue reading A Quick Primer on Climate Change

How Do We Know What is Established by Science?

What does it mean when we say that something is scientifically well established? Scientists who seek to learn something new do not know what others are studying at a given moment. They thus work with some degree of urgency, because others might discover the answer to the question they are exploring, and publish it first,… Continue reading How Do We Know What is Established by Science?