Archive for October, 2009

Defying Gravity Pt. 1

October 27, 2009

Dear Fans,

Well, here we go again, another digression from the main theme; QM. Here, and in the next several posts, I will attempt to add some rational discourse on the issue brought up by my one of my heroes, Fred Clark. On his blog and in his post, “Defying Gravity”, he asked for help w/ arguments against creationism (slacktivist.typepad.com).  I’ve already emailed him with the excuse that it would take some time, and it will.  Nevertheless, here we go.

First and foremost, I will attempt to explain my view of what science actually is. I’ve had occasion to teach various science topics over my career as a practicing engineer. I think I know what science is, and  what it is not; as I propose to explain as we go along.

Second, I propose to describe various elements of science; ones that I have a lot of experience with. In this I will also discuss ‘hard’ science and ‘soft’ science, and what the difference is.

Thirdly, I will work at illuminating what science is not. I will discuss various topics in metaphysics–it’s not what you think. And I will try to put science, and  the scientific method in the context of where it may be useful and where it won’t be.

Fourthly, if I get that far, I will address the issues of things like creationism and the idiocy of any attempt at rational discourse on the subject.

And finally, if on the off chance I get to here, I will expound on the general issue of the anti-intellectual, anti-rational, anti-science atmosphere that seems to exist in our body politic today.

Stay tuned,

Dr. Dave

 

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Ch 1. Volterra Series and the Laplace Transform

October 24, 2009

Hi kids,

Well it’s almost Halloween; and I’ve got some new, scary stuff for you all. And it is a big diversion from the usual QM stuff we have been working on thus far. This time it’s nonlinear circuit analysis; and not your usual approach to this subject either. Ch 1. Volterra Series and the Laplace Transform

Read on, and enjoy; comments always welcome.

Dave

Flashforward #1

October 18, 2009

Hey Fans,

In anticipation of a #2, I’ve titled this one #1….Anyway, I scoped the intertubes looking for non-commercial reviews of said TV series, to no avail. It appears that any/everybody writing about FF has some pecuniary interest in this Great TV Show; now, except me. Well, I do know and am long time friends w/ one of the  co-produces, C. Lansdbert; we were frat brothers together at UCLA (full disclosure). Anyway, other than that, and even there I have no interest in how FF does, dollar-wise, or any other- wise. But I will say that  I haven’t watched a network series series since, oh oh,…does Bob Newhart or Mary  Tyler Moore ring a bell w/ any net surfers. Oh well. Anyway, all I’ll  say (write actually) now is, if you haven’t watched FF yet, do so. It’s way cool. Oh, and do take notes; there will be an exam.

Sal

KOB Picture, International 505, Steve Driving

October 8, 2009

Hi Sportsfans,

Well, one of my pictures from the KOB race last summer came out. I took this picture in trapeze as we were driving to the weather mark. You can see my shoe on the boat rail in the lower edge of the photo.

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What a ride; way to go Steve!

regards

Budman