Friday, January 30, 2015

Study points to worrying gulf between the opinions held by scientists and the general public in the US on key issues

     A major survey of US opinions has revealed that huge numbers of people reject Darwinian evolution, consider GM foods unsafe to eat, and doubt that human activity is warming the planet.
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     Alan Leshner, the chief executive of the AAAS, said the survey revealed a worrying gulf between the opinions held by scientists and the general public. “There is a disconnect between the way in which the public perceives the state of science and science’s position on a variety of issues,” he said. “And that’s a cause of concern.”....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last night's board meeting

     Want to know what happened at last night's board meeting? Please read Tere's Board Meeting Highlights: here.
     DtB did not cover last night's meeting.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Board meeting Monday night

     The agenda for the January meeting of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees (tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.) is available here.
     There's one discussion item:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cypriet Madness

Why can’t the worlds greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? (The Guardian)

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
…There was only one truly hard problem of consciousness, Chalmers said. It was a puzzle so bewildering that, in the months after his talk, people started dignifying it with capital letters – the Hard Problem of Consciousness – and it’s this: why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside? Why aren’t we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark inside, lacking an inner life? And how does the brain manage it? How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached?....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 1: parking!

     I arrived on campus—IVC—at about 9:10 this morning and could not find parking in Lot 1, my usual mooring, which sports lots of “staff” slots. I then sought parking in the next best spots, Lots 4 and 5 (out by A200, BSTC, and the PAC), and that only got me caught for a while in desperate student (and staff) vehicular trollery.
     At that point, I decided to cut my losses and head to the ersatz parkery way out beyond the soccer field, a kind of no-man’s land that feels vaguely dicey. They grow turnips or something out there. I think I spotted a body. But I did find parking, though just barely.
     So, at IVC this morning, opening day parking traffic was bad.
     How are things down at Saddleback College, where, I’m told, cops actually tow away creative vehicular desperados? Or maybe they use their absurd armored vehicle to push these cars into a ravine? Or just roll over 'em?

New area of "staff" parking (2)

Monday, January 19, 2015