Blog Archives for June 2015

Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 29, 2015

Yet another space-bound rocket exploded over the weekend on its way to the Space Station, causing many to wonder what the problem is; Richard Feynman has the answer. 

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A “Commandery” Ghost Story

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 19, 2015

In which I use the principle of Occam's Razor to deduce the identity of a mysterious ghost photo taken at a war museum

Asmodeus, Stanley Fish, and the Fiction of Privacy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 04, 2015

The subject of spying is so controversial because it violates, or seems to violate, the public's basic right to privacy. But the word privacy is often used glibly, with little discussion or understanding of what it is, why it's valuable, and what the consequences are for willingly giving up privacy. I argue that privacy is largely a fiction and a distinctly modern invention whose status as a sacrosanct pillar of human rights is suspect at best.

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