One of the more contentious subjects in modern America is the issue of abortion. Ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion has been legal in the United States. (However, consider this.) With that said, what is legal and what is moral are often very different things. In Rome in the 1st through 3rd centuries,… Continue reading Thoughts on Abortion
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This is the start of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. The quest for equality in the United… Continue reading Equality
Every time there is a proposal to create, remove, or change a government program, one of the complaints that inevitably arises is that some group of people is going to be harmed by it. Economics Review If you aren’t familiar with economics, the key thing to understand is it looks at the choices involved in… Continue reading Changing Things Hurts Someone!
One of the most frustrating events that I encounter when debating topics goes roughly as follows: Me: Data indicates that 90% of cats are shy. Other person: I had a cat when I was a kid that was friendly with everybody! The reason it particularly annoys me is I’m a mathematician. I’ve studied statistics, taught… Continue reading Statistics vs Personal Experience
When discussing a variety of social issues, one of the concerns that will tend to arise are the various economic impacts, as well as which economic system is preferable as a guiding principle. The problem is, many people are not very educated about the facts of what economics is, nor what the realities of various… Continue reading On Christianity and Economic Systems
One of the consistent cries we hear from people who want to see more money allocated to various programs is that, “We need more money to fix [favorite program]!” Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t always work. The Idea The idea is simple: if a program/department/whatever is failing to achieve desired goals, it is probably caused… Continue reading Throwing Money At a Problem Doesn’t (Necessarily) Fix It
Mathematics gives us tools to do a lot of different things. Physicists use calculus to explain the motion of objects. Electrical engineers use differential equations to process signals. Psychologists and sociologists use statistics to analyze and understand human behavior. Even computer scientists use mathematical logic to understand the limits of programming. I intend to use… Continue reading On Math and Worldviews