Scientists can be wrong? Hmmm.

I'm not a scientist and I don't play one on TV, but I am an intellectually curious individual with an admiration for the work of scientists. Even so, I've conditioned myself to give a big ho-hum in reaction to news stories about this or that study unlocking the secrets of this or that phenomenon or proving…

Campus “downshouters” explained: They’re Marcusian

In my studies beneath the Pines at Bowdoin College, I never read any Herbert Marcuse, which explains why I didn't recognize the Marcusian nature of the trending progressive mantra that one must never tolerate the intolerable. Thank goodness Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter has a Bloomberg View column where we can learn such things. The…

Message discipline lesson from Foxborough

Watching the news is getting to be a soul-sucking experience. It's all hysteria, all the time, much of it in reaction to the intemperate words of our new president. The man has no sense of the injury his combative words can do to the TrumpUtopia he promised his supporters. He talks and tweets while his agenda…

Matthew Slater won it at the OT coin toss

Who comes back from a 25 point deficit in a Super Bowl? Tom Brady, Coach Belichick, and the New England Patriots, that's who. When Brady and company tied the game with less than a minute in regulation, I believed they would win. But when Matthew Slater won the overtime coin toss, I knew they would…

Because science!

Richard Feynman on the scientific method I hear there's going to be a "March for Science" in April. Oh joy. By the time the event rolls around, we can be sure it will be less about trusting the scientific method and more about embracing the Precautionary Principle in all things and pushing the science of gender…

Lincoln on the mobocratic spirit

I have to ask, is this the kind of thing the cool crowd has in mind when they declare it’s a moral imperative to resist Donald Trump? Breaking store front windows. Smashing ATM machines outside of banks. Surrounding, intimidating, and even assaulting fellow Americans. And celebrating it all with the brilliant hashtag: #keeppunchingnazis. Are we…