The argument for democracy is its mediocrity — Sense Hofstede

Any review of the argument for democracy as the best form of governance as a matter of tradition starts with Churchill’s citation in the House of Commons of the quote that Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. I oblige. Its popularity shows how wary many people have become of... Continue Reading →

The lost art of nuance

I love to watch Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.  In a light-hearted way without getting nasty, it juxtaposes both conservative and liberal viewpoints.  Tim Allen's conservatism is so blatant, it comes to the point of ridiculousness.  Ryan's liberal viewpoints are equally blown out of proportion, and Mike (Tim Allen) takes every opportunity to poke fun.... Continue Reading →

The idea of a university… is to teach!

The best professor I ever had was Dr Butterfield, or Tony as he asked us to call him. He taught our senior lab courses in the chemical engineering department at the University of Utah.  He put together the most beautiful and humorous presentations before lab that made you appreciate science and the scientific method for... Continue Reading →

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