Not really looking forward to the conference next week, but it will be decent. I think I'll manage to get back in time for class both class days, but am not sure whether I'll be able to train on Tuesday.
Wow, an all-you-can-eat buffet: http://www.abadcaseofthedates.com/2010/09/this-place-is-all-you-can-eat-buffet.html
I remarked somewhere in an offhand way that Christianity invented science, which caused some kerfuffle. This brought up the title of the diary. I hate the anti-medieval propaganda of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, historians are finding more and more how false it is.
Am glad Teh Wife is reading blogs discrediting folk anti-science. Not that she was into any of that stuff (antivaccine or whatever, though she was interested in the idea of home birth and other such things), but it's good to get some critical framework up. Though I do need to think of some good books to recommend for layman on the scientific method and statistics, not to actually learn statistics, but to learn what people are doing when they do statistics and what they actually mean. And the continuum of types of experiments from physics experiments to biological experiments to medical experiments and social science experiments - why the types of conclusions differ and stuff like that. Not to be snobbish, but drug trials for psychiatric medicines work a lot differently from experiments in the large hadron collider (note: originally had "hardon" typo (another note: "Large Hardon Collider" sounds like a great name for porn)) and both work quite differently from data mining the GSS for use in the social sciences.
Important thing to remember about weak force interactions: either a lepton or a quark can absorb or emit a Z boson.
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