I’m a dual citizen. Born in the US, moved to Canada some years back. I can vote in US elections.
I agree, and that’s part of what I mean by my last sentence: “It’s up to all of us to create a political climate that will allow the radical changes that we really need.”
I’m not a democrat. I haven’t been a democrat since 1966. I had lots of doubts about Biden. I still have doubts, not so much about Biden as president, but doubts that the political class in the US can see what the problems really are, how serious they are, and what needs to be done to preserve something close to a decent civilization. But with all that said, I think Biden is doing a pretty good job. I certainly don’t agree with everything he has done, and I don’t expect to agree with everything he does in the future, but I think he is sincere and he has been as successful as he could be in the circumstances. It’s up to all of use to create a political climate that will allow the radical changes that we really need.
The development of the vaccines is a demonstration of the importance of science education. If we are going to survive as a civilization, we need to understand science. We should fund schools and we should make education free all the way. And we should demand that our political representatives know something about science.
The Republicans don’t believe in democratic elections. They believe in power. Why not have a system which would automatically register everyone. I have no problem with voter ID, but it should be something reasonable. Here in Toronto you need two pieces of ID, one that shows who you are and one that shows where you live. I don’t have a driver’s license, so I use my passport and a utility bill. There should be lots of places to vote, so that people don’t have to go far from home and don’t have to wait in line. Here in Toronto I’ve never had to walk more than a few blocks and I’ve never waited more than five minutes. Usually I don’t wait at all. The US is supposed to be a model of democracy for the world, but more and more it is a model of how a democracy fails.
I have had occasion to know two transsexual people, before and during and after transition. I wasn’t close friends with either, and we never discussed the topic. Both seem to be much happier now. I’m happy for them.
“The Trouble with Physics” by Lee Smolin.
A truly destructive person.
I never liked him, I won’t miss him.
from wiki "Gödel’s incompleteness theorems are two theorems of mathematical logic that demonstrate the inherent limitations of every formal axiomatic system capable of modelling basic arithmetic. These results, published by Kurt Gödel in 1931, are important both in mathematical logic and in the philosophy of mathematics. The theorems are widely, but not universally, interpreted as showing that Hilbert’s program to find a complete and consistent set of axioms for all mathematics is impossible.
The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an effective procedure (i.e., an algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the arithmetic of natural numbers. For any such consistent formal system, there will always be statements about natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system. The second incompleteness theorem, an extension of the first, shows that the system cannot demonstrate its own consistency."