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2016-03-19 18:53
Several women in my family have suggested that my posts have become morbid lately, excessively preoccupied with death. Is that true? And, if so, is it a problem? After all, I have reached… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
In a post last week, I described Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670) this way:There are no miracles, he wrote, nor divine providence. No immortality of souls. The Bible is not th… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Yeah, just what we need, "termite-inspired robots." As if termites were not bad enough. You have often read here about my battle against the termites on our tropical island. Without consta… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Cleaning out my office here at the college, I came upon a box of graph paper. That wonderful tissue-thin, orange-printed Keuffel & Esser graph paper. Linear. Semi-logarithmic. Log-lo… Read More
2016-01-14 15:00
If you are a first time visitor to this site, or returning after a long absence, I regret to tell you that Science Musings, the blog, has ceased to publish, after over a decade of almost dai… Read More
2015-12-26 18:03
In response to BB, an MRI and CAT showed the surgeon where he wanted to go, and as far as I know it was a straight shot thru tissue,  After surgery, I had complete relief from tremor fo… Read More
2015-12-18 22:22
Thanks to everyone for being so kind.  Some of you have asked what it was like. In the OR the surgeon screwed my skull into a beautiful anodized steel cage.   Then I was taken… Read More
2015-08-21 08:20
The porch light is off. Refreshments have been put away. And still old friends (who I know only by name) continue to visit. How do I show my appreciation for such loyalty? I can't contin… Read More
2015-07-24 15:16
...Thisby knowsso little of the worldas yet: the bitshe can see through thechink in the wallhas made her heart beatfaster in its cage...A few lines from a poem of Linda Gregerson. Never min… Read More
2015-06-28 12:30
In 1504, the year Hieronymus Bosch probably painted The Garden of Earthly Delights, hundreds of miles to the south the Florentines set up in the center of their city Michelangelo's just comp… Read More
2015-06-21 15:56
During the summer between my sophomore and junior years at the University of Notre Dame, while in the throes of newfound Catholic piety, I crafted a coffee table in my father's basement work… Read More
2015-05-06 12:47
"It is not easy to live in that continuous awareness of things which alone is true living," wrote the naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch in The Voice of the Desert. The nail. The iron nail. Ver… Read More
2015-05-03 14:53
I first wrote about Jan Vermeer's The Milkmaid back in the late-summer of 2009, when the painting was the star of a show at New York's Met. I was so enchanted with the painting that I made… Read More
2015-04-24 13:09
A few more thoughts on those Wayne Thiebaud landscapes I shared the day before yesterday. I suggested that the terrestrial environment is inevitably going to be a human artifact, that we m… Read More
2015-04-22 13:15
Paul's "Use it or lose it" applies most of all to me. And I've resigned myself to losing it. Mind you, I miss it. Ten years of daily habit. And as I approach 80, I need that stimulation… Read More
2015-03-28 13:27
The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was a superb draftsman. He also veered successfully towards impressionism. He could be pompously formal, or endearingly sentimental. Bu… Read More

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