Cargo Cult Part I: The Cargo That Made The Cult

Imagine a tribesman sitting outside his hut who had only seen what his island provides. He lives his life almost in a day to day basis as all of his needs are provided by nature and his tribe. They hunt and gather for food and participate in communal rituals to appease spirits to lean the odds of life towards their favor. There might be some conflicts … Continue reading Cargo Cult Part I: The Cargo That Made The Cult

Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem

Mathematics is viewed by many to be an objective science. There are independent co-discoveries in this highly abstract field. People discover the same mathematical things and relations despite having not met. This gives credit to the position that math is indeed objective. In this article, we are going to the mathematical concept we normally call the Pythagorean theorem; a concept that is not purely Pythagorean at all. It was discovered more than 1000 years before the philosopher Pythagoras was even born by the Babylonians. It too was independently discovered by the Chinese.  Continue reading “Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem”

Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion

We often hear that scientists come up with theories and then when they are verified they become laws. Well, this is what I usually hear from our teachers in all levels of educations but this is dead wrong. They can’t be blamed entirely. It’s the way that it is conventionally understood and taught. I, too, believed this for the longest time in my relatively young … Continue reading Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion

A Short History of the Word: ‘Scientist’

The appellation scientist, stated Sydney Ross,  is considered a title of honor. He added that this is hotly contended for by economists, engineers, physicians, psychologists, and others. In our contemporary age, it may have taken the mantle of the priest or the shaman for many people. But how did this word began? Did it just come about? Did someone invent it?  Continue reading “A Short History of the Word: ‘Scientist’”

Think Better: An Introduction to Thinking Tools

The philosopher and computer scientist Bo Dahlbom stated that “You can’t do much carpentry with your bare hands and you can’t do much thinking with your bare brain.”  Why? Our bare brains are full of cognitive biases. If left untrained in wielding the right tools for thinking, appropriate solutions will be harder to find.

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