Category Archives: Science

Discussing magic in fantasy fiction

If any sufficiently advanced technology, as the quote goes, is indistinguishable from magic, then it is also possible that any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a religion. -Alma Alexander from a Book View Café blog post On Magic on August 5, 2016

Any fantasy that is sufficiently internally consistent is indistinguishable from science fiction. -Jennifer Stevenson Continue reading

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Ammonites, Allosaurs and Sauropods. Oh, My.

(Picture from here.) It has been a while since I put up a post– nearly two months. A lot of things have happened in that time, including a two week vacation for the eclipse and a visit to Dinosaur National … Continue reading

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Deborah’s Excellent Solar Eclipse Adventure

Reflected eclipse

I’ve posted earlier about my trek up to Lassen to view the annual solar eclipse in 2012. My same friend organized an expedition up to Oregon for this year’s total eclipse, but for various reasons I didn’t go. However, my older daughter, … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season

My hometown is under water. I’ve been obsessed with following the flood news from the Houston area. I don’t have any family down there any more, but I do have friends in the area. While I’m worried about my friends … Continue reading

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Invasion!

I took this picture on the train station on my daily commute. There are four problem species in the picture: Asian bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, bamboo and Concord grapes. Of the four, only the grapes are native. For us, this year … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: Dry Falls and Other Natural Catastrophes

I was going to write about the Eastern Washington channeled scablands, but this article from National Geographic says it all; how they were formed and the scientific squabble over how they were formed. Also the photos accompanying the article are … Continue reading

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Blending People

(Picture from here.) Human beings are biased towards themselves. We then to think of the world as reflections of ourselves. We project our nature on our pets, our automobiles, our weapons, the landscape and fictional entities. Sometimes I think we are … Continue reading

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Future of Intelligence

This past Tuesday, I braved Chicago traffic to attend a talk at Venue610 that was sponsored by Chicago Ideas. I rarely attend talks, but when I heard the title, Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial, I had to make … Continue reading

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Marching for Science

(ETA: The link near the end of the post, “Headed up State Street,” links to a 45MB video of the Climate March, so unless you have a good connection the download may take some time.) I have a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

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