It is once again Travel Day—or was: I’m writing this in state of advanced jet lag. So, in lieu of thought I’ve written this little introduction to nothing, hoping you will fill in the blanks. Especially about what should we chat about next.
Suggestion #1: Dammit. Where are all the rocket cars we’ve been promised!
Suggestion #2: How to override jitters from plane nearly shaking itself to pieces half way over the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from nowhere.
Suggestion #3: Global warming is ever popular. But exceedingly dull. We’ve seen a large number of unanswered criticisms advanced, and what fun is it to repeat them endlessly? We still haven’t seen any climate produce strong skill for yearly temperatures. And we have no clear idea, but plenty of statistical noise, about what might happen if it indeed does warm. It’s all still speculation. Dimly viewed, too.
Suggestion #4: Discuss this quote by Jacques Barzun (thanks to Rafe Champion). “If science students leave college thinking, as they usually do, that science offers a full, accurate, and literal description of man and Nature; if they think theories spring from facts and that scientific authority at any time is infallible, and if they think that science steadily and automatically makes for a better world — then they have wasted their time in the science lecture room and they are a plain menace to the society they live in”.
Suggestion #5, etc.: Up to you.