Tag Archives: scientists

The War On Science

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Are you a fan of NASA and the scientific output of our national laboratories? Better enjoy it while our open scientific culture lasts. President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. President Richard Nixon, more cynically, declared a War on Drugs to indirectly target the black and hippie communities. And since taking office, Republican President Donald Trump has stepped up the unofficially declared War on ...

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The Anonymous Creator

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If you’ve ever walked through a museum like LACMA or the Norton Simon, it’s likely you’ve run into art objects from antiquity.  These objects are not signed.  There’s no clue as to the artisan’s name.  They are of anonymous origin. And yet the objects are undeniably true works of art, representing aesthetic sensibilities and skills requiring years to develop. I was reminded of this anonymous ...

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A Classic Tradition

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In the Oxford Dictionary, the first definition of the noun, “classic,” is classic (noun): A work of art of recognized and established value. The inclusion of the words “of art,” however, makes this definition unnecessarily narrow.  Here’s a better one: classic (noun): A work of recognized and established value. It’s necessary to widen the definition because works of science can also be classics.  Examples include ...

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Send in the Professionals

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“What defines a Professional?”  This seemingly simple question has become a hot topic amid the aggressive and highly unpopular actions the Actors’ Equity Association (the actors’ union) has taken towards its own Los Angeles membership.  Equity’s actions have eliminated a 29-year-old plan that allowed professional, union actors to participate in intimate theater for essentially no pay.  So “pay” is apparently the answer to the posed ...

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How to Accept an Oscar

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If the corner at Hollywood and Highland is blocked off for a full week – artificially snarling traffic that needs no additional help – it must be that time of year when a young actor’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Love of a 13½ inch, 8½ pound gold-plated statue, that is. For most denizens of the film business the Oscar race is already ...

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