Blog 94. Explaining America to Martians (and to ourselves)

I detect an anxiety in America, a palpable tension that has no single focus, that has no one definable cause and no single remedy.  If I met a Martian, or even another American, I couldn’t explain it with a single sentence. Continue reading

Blog 90. How to boil an egg in a microwave.

Submerge the egg in a mug of water.  Turn on the microwave for one minute.  Listen for  snap as the eggshell cracks.  That’s ok, the crack relieves pressure.  Reduce power to 40% and run the microwave for another minute.  At 35 seconds you will hear a loud pop.  Continue reading

Blog 77. Science—what it is, what it isn’t.

Along with our cultural distrust of government, American society doesn’t trust science, whether the scientific information is about climate, vaccines, evolution, or toothpaste.  What’s going on?  Why can’t we sort the valid information from the advertising?  Continue reading

Blog 62. Conspiracy theories—making politics crazy.

As reported in  Scientific American (Dec. 2014) two political scientists* at the University of Miami find that about one-third of Americans believe Obama is a foreigner, and about as many believe that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were an “inside job” by the Bush administration.  Continue reading