http://www.davidstrahan.com/blog/?p=1104 is a link to an interview with David MacKay one of the top civil servants on climate change, he is also the author of an excellent book. Mathematical analysis offers a lot in understanding the challenges we face, and its great to see an eminent physicist being involved in such things. What is very… Continue reading David MacKay interview on Climate Change
Education is a hugely politically loaded issue. I want to write today briefly about education. I’ve two years of experience as a tutor and Teaching Assistant in a Northern Ireland Grammar School, and continue to tutor a range of ages while I undergo my Masters studies in Mathematics. I definitely will focus on STEM subjects,… Continue reading Training students for the 21st Century
The above slogan came to my attention once again from the excellent Cosma Shalizi comments on Krugmans book ‘Pop Internationalism’. In the book review The great Computer Scientist has a slogan which Shalizi extends from merely arithmetic to algebra. This short essay will be looking at this issue. It is often said by politicians for… Continue reading He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense
Johann Hari comments in the Independent on the posturing that there is a ‘gay agenda’ dominating UK politics. He elaborates that this is clearly false, as the suicide statistics show in regards homosexual kids. Prejudice has no place in society. Lets accept that as a given. One LGBT charity proposed that there is ‘homosexuality orientated’… Continue reading Should we teach about homosexuality in schools?
Libraries are something dear to my heart, like schools, hospitals, a government run post service and a list of other things that I can’t think of. While I believe that markets are necessary for wealth, I don’t believe that these things should interfere in libraries, or anything for the ‘public good’. I’m inspired by a… Continue reading Libraries and the need to protect them
Mehdi Hasan on Pakistan, Islam and the West is a fascinating piece of writing in the New Statesman. I’ve long been a fan of Mehdi and feel that he is one of the great young political commentators in the UK. He’s particularly been a beacon of hope and rationality on Islam and Islamofascism. Particularly pointing… Continue reading Mehdi Hasan on the role of Western Muslims
This is the mindset of the ambitious educational elite: You go to Harvard (or Stanford), maybe to Oxford (or Cambridge) for a Rhodes (or Marshall), then to Goldman (or McKinsey, or TFA), then to Harvard Business School (or Yale Law School), then back to Goldman (or Google), and on and on. You keep doing the… Continue reading A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite
In the Singularity in our past light cone Cosma Shalizi has an excellent discussion of the fact that the ‘singularity’ already happened. I’m referring to the now fashionable discussion of a technological singularity – see ‘the Singularity University’ . If you look at Physics and Mathematics in the very early 20th century, you’ll see a… Continue reading Singularity in our past