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Open for criticism

Posted by Jeff on September 10, 2009

A while back I posted the first draft of a paper I was writing on scientific credibility. I had promised to also post the final draft when I was finished but then I forgot and went on with my life. Well, for anyone who is interested, here is the final draft that I turned in. I’d very much apprectiate any comments or criticism on my approach and/or writing style. I’d love to hear from anyone who has something to say, so read it after the fold and hold nothing back.

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An update

Posted by Jeff on May 17, 2009

I’ve decided that come hell or high water I would update this blog today. The problem is that I don’t have a whole lot to talk about! I usually write on here when I’m pissed off or irritated over something I see going on in the world. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that bug me that I could talk about… There’s Oprah giving Jenny I-Like-To-Cause-The-Deaths-Of-Innocent-Children McCarthy her own TV show… There’s no end of conservative right-wing asshats saying and doing things that make me cringe for the human species… Hell, there is apparently some economic crisis going on right now. Who knew?? Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing my major…

Posted by Jeff on October 19, 2008

So I’ve been giving this some serious thought. After spending all day and evening today studying for my math midterm, I’ve decided that physics isn’t the right direction for me. So after much careful deliberation and consideration, I’ve decided to change my major. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stanford University and frontal lobe flambe

Posted by Jeff on October 11, 2008

I love this school! Seriously, the area is beautiful, the opportunities are incredible, and I’ve been rubbing elbows with Nobel Prize winners! Unfortunately, the workload is also something that I am in no way used to. I like to stay busy, but this school is trying to beat me down and leave me bleeding. Academically that is.

I spent 10 hours at the library today and will likely have a similar day tomorrow. Hell of a way to spend a weekend. So for any of you who were wondering perhaps why I haven’t been posting on here… There ya go. I’m a busy, busy little monkey. Give me some time to get into the swing of things and I’ll be better, I promise!

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First classes are over.

Posted by Jeff on September 23, 2008

Well, I have most of my classes yesterday and today. It’s definitely going to take some getting used to, being such a change from community college but I think Stanford will be good fun!

I’m a bit concerned about my PDE’s class though, since I barely followed the intro lecture. Probably not a good sign…

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Science education needs help!

Posted by Jeff on August 7, 2008

I read this article the other day and had mixed feelings about it. It starts off great┬átalking about issues with science education in America and I even sort of agree that false self-confidence can be a bad thing. But not that bad… Then I read this post by Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles. Some of his commentary on this article reflects some things I’ve been saying for years… Read the rest of this entry »

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Randi is passing the torch???

Posted by Jeff on August 4, 2008

This is pretty big news! The Amazing Randi of the James Randi Foundation has decided to pass the position of President of the organization on to none other than the Bad Astronomer! This is a pretty huge honor and I can only imagine how Phil Plait must feel right now. Congrats!

Of course, I’m of two minds about this, as I fully expected James Randi to live forever and fight for the cause of skepticism right up to the ripe old age of 1000!

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Posted by Jeff on July 27, 2008

I just came across this post on one of my new favorite blogs. Prof Orzel makes some pretty good point here, and honestly I’ve asked some of these questions myself. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m gonna be a Californian!

Posted by Jeff on July 23, 2008

So, I’m getting ready to continue my undergraduate education at Stanford University. I’d say that I’m pretty excited about it, but I’m mostly amped over having gotten accepted! Read the rest of this entry »

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What would Newton do?? (May 2008)

Posted by Jeff on July 22, 2008

I love science. I find nature unbelievably beautiful and through the method of scientific inquiry, we get to learn more and more about how nature WORKS. And you know what? The more you know about it, the more beautiful it becomes! Ok, let’s do some examples.. Read the rest of this entry »

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