"....many a tragic episode in family life is superinduced by the baleful influence of a tortured stomach. Mighty is the hand that holds the ballot-box, but mightier is the hand that wields to advantage the pepper-box, the salt-spoon, and the sugar-shaker." read the entirely of Maud C. Cooke's, Breakfast, Dinner and Supper; or, What To Eat and How To Prepare It (1897)
online and enter a world of home remedies, large scale recipes, sound advice, leftover wizardry, squirrel stews, scientific digestion, and horrible things done to vegetables.
The Nazi Anatomists.
"How the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics."
"During his days as Harvard’s influential president, Dr. Charles W. Eliot made a frequent assertion: If you were to spend just 15 minutes a day reading the right books, a quantity that could fit on a five-foot shelf, you could give yourself a proper liberal education. Publisher P. F. Collier and Son
loved the idea and asked Eliot to compile and edit the right collection of works. The result: a 51-volume series of classic works from world literature published in 1909 called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf
, which would later be called The Harvard Classics
." (Via) [more inside]
The death of SciAm.
It's no secret that print media is getting hit pretty hard, but the butchering of Scientific American seems particularly brutal. [more inside]
science or snake oil ? The official website
is flashy, but short on empirical evidence, and even admits that there is "no cure" for the common cold. The first doubts were from ABC News
. Then David Cowan
blogged about it. Now Michael Shermer
from the Scientific American, and publisher of Skeptic
weighs in an article called Airborne Baloney
(1886-1965) was a German thinker
who came to America
in 1933 after losing his job
for opposing the national socialism movement.
Tillich was at once a protestant theologian
and an existentialist philosopher
who attempted to intellectualize religion
and bring it to contemporary audiences in the age of science
. His brilliant writings
would typically weave together biblical passages with discussions of philosophy and science. In this most famous work, The Courage to Be
, Tillich laid out his case
of how man can resolve the existential crisis of facing non-being
. In echoes of Soren Kierkegaard
, Tillich attempted to explain how man could resolve the fear of nothingness with the Courage to Be in the face of Non-being
. Throughout his life, Tillich's ultimate concern
was to try to help man understand
the real value
by divorcing the concepts from the myths
and the religious and social dogmas
which cramp the mind of modern man
Engineering Perfect Americans
Were your immigrant ancestors considered genetically predisposed to become criminals? Were your mixed-ethnic ancestors thought to be polluting the nation's 'germ-plasm'? The Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement presents a well-put-together online exhibit/walkthrough of this disturbing vein in American history.
Americans score low on science savvy Few Americans understand the scientific process and many believe in mysterious psychic powers and may be quick to accept phony science reports, according to a national survey
There was a nice link today about logical fallacies
. It looks like we need help in science as well. The National Science Foundation report it is based on is Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Public Understanding
I found the section on Science Fiction and Pseudoscience
I used to go to Edmund
for my neato geek hack supplies, but then I discovered American Science And Surplus
(formerly JerryCo). Between them and All Electronics
, my geek needs are satiated.