Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Humourous Aside: Grad School and moving towards a post-doc

Some funny cartoons from PhDComics.com on entering the post-doctoral research phase of academia.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Buddhism and the Dalai Lama

Buddhism is often referred to as a science of the mind, where principles are accepted or rejected based on the mental reactions they elicit in the practitioner. Principles are also accepted or rejected based on the perception of how closely and accurately they reflect the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (the historical Buddha who lived ~2500 years ago on the Indian Subcontinent). By personal experience I would say that the correct application of logic is inclined to elicit a positive mental reaction in the practitioner.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

World religions and predestiny

Reason can be used to support the concept of predestiny, an example of which is demonstrated as follows: What happened in our past was fixed (the thoughts we had, the actions we took etc.). In the present we can choose to do this or that but go a moment into the future and we can look back at what we just called the present and see that we chose to do one particular thing in that moment. Thus although we supposedly have a choice in the present, there is only one thing in the present that we are actually going to choose to do. Thus it would appear that all our choices/actions were/are predestined. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Einstein, light and the photoelectric effect

Einstein has blessed us with a huge quantity of scientific contributions. I'm a huge fan of the ideas he was presenting with relativity. He has also furthered our understanding of some of the properties of light. However, Einstein also said some strange things regarding the energy of light in trying to explain the photoelectric effect.