Brainy Quote of the Day

Sunday, September 1, 2013


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I passed through Barnes and Noble yesterday, and happened on "The Nazi Occult War" by Michael Fitzgerald. The Vril Society; the New Teutonic Knights; Black Camelot; the Nazi Occult Bureau; Atlantis and Aryan science: then on the book's back cover (or, at least this version of it - meant to "hook" you into buying it), something stuck out that startled me - the Nazis spent more on finding Atlantis than we did on the Manhattan Project. It would seem that part of the Marvel "Captain America" movie and their search for the Tesseract appears to have been based on this borrowed historical fact.

Think about that a moment...

I had my misgivings more than anyone, raised on inane "duck and cover" drills that wouldn't even literally CYA...part of the Nazi's undoing was an adherence to what could not be observed, experimented on or proven; a mental divorce from the facts as they were; hence they were victims of "magical thinking" on steroids, supported by an ideology reinforced by their governing structure.

Fast-forward to the bio of current German Prime Minister Angela Merkel:

At school, she learned to speak Russian fluently, and was awarded prizes for her proficiency in Russian and Mathematics.[15] Merkel was educated in Templin and at the University of Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978. While a student, she participated in the reconstruction of the ruin of the Moritzbastei, a project students initiated to create their own club and recreation facility on campus. Such an initiative was unprecedented in the GDR of that period, and initially resisted by the University of Leipzig. However, with backing of the local leadership of the SED party, the project was allowed to proceed.[16] Merkel worked and studied at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978 to 1990. After being awarded a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) for her thesis on quantum chemistry,[17] she worked as a researcher and published several papers. Wikipedia

MSNBC has promoted a hash tag and site: #AdvancingTheDream. My commentary on how I was working to advance the dream was very simple and straight-forward: STEM education = emancipation.

China's top leadership seem to possess science backgrounds, in contrast: we have 9 out of 538 in the House of Representatives and the Senate with STEM backgrounds.

Dr. King was refreshingly a Trekkie (Trekker is the modern phrase; Roddenberry corrects). Unlike his theological contemporaries today, science didn't appear to threaten him or his personal beliefs; he found common cause with persons inside and outside of his culture and faith patterns.

STEM education = emancipation, and godspeed lucidity.

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