I Read Things, August 11th, 2014

Simplified Process Discovered for Making Ammonia

I’m excited about any process that lessens the contributions of Fritz Haber to modern, civilized society.

And yet, if something more efficient can replace the Haber-Bosch process, it would lower the energy input of the production of one of the world’s most important chemicals and lead to a notable reduction in global CO2 emissions.

Our letter to the New York Times criticizing Nicholas Wade’s book on race

When 139 researchers, including some whom you cite in your work, tell you you’ve come to the wrong conclusion, claiming the people you cite aren’t serious scientists probably isn’t the best defense.

Wade charged that his critics were “indoctrinated in the social-science creed that prohibits any role for evolution in human affairs” and contended that the book’s central argument “has not been challenged by any serious scientist.”

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Well, that’s a whole bunch of context I didn’t previously have. So, if you can’t beat ’em, try to use their system against ’em. If you can’t do that, threaten ’em. And if that don’t work, literally beat ’em. And if that ain’t enough, just kill ’em. There’s way too much going on to try to get a meaningful single quote to represent it, but it’s a good read anyway.

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One thought on “I Read Things, August 11th, 2014

  1. I very much like the last link! I came across a lot of that via Ta-Nehisi Coates over the past few years. It really hit me that the KKK was a terrorist organization — and was defended (or at least, given some shrift of defense) by people I knew! Craziness.

    I think he is broadly correct, or that the works he cites are correct in their diagnoses. Sobering stuff.

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