I usually write these articles as conversations with my mom. For fun, and because my latest book is set in Walt Disney World, I decided to present the first half as a conversation between Figment and his friends. Read More
What is Scientific Skepticism?
Well Figment, I'm glad you asked...
So I said, “Hey, wanna be my beta reader?”
“What’s a beta reader?” Everyone replied.
A beta reader is to books as a beta tester is to the latest version of Windows. Read More
Labels annoy writers and scientists alike. I'm not talking about labels like stupid or Democrat. I mean labels that seem perfectly legitimate, logical, and provable. Just as soon as you think you've got your collection all categorized the way you like it, neat, clear, logical... that's when some upstart from two labs down throws a duck billed platypus into the works. There was a time when we knew that dinosaurs were reptiles, alligators were strict carnivores, and humans were the next evolutionary step after apes, right? When we were growing up, men were men, women were women, and there were no other options, or so our Dick and Jane readers seemed to imply. But today, we're told sexuality is a spectrum, autism is a spectrum, there are no true herbivores or carnivores, dinosaurs had feathers, and Pluto isn't even a planet! Oy. Read More
I know what nature is. I go hiking, caving, biking, swimming and camping. I’ve visited the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and the mighty Mississippi. I swam in the Black River and two of the Great Lakes. I’ve watched sunsets in Hawaii and Florida. I’ve caught lightning bugs and been startled by snakes. I’ve had poison ivy, and eaten wild blackberries. Doggone it, I know nature when I see it. You do too, right? So ok, what is it? Read More