AI roundup

Image by 0fjd125gk87 from Pixabay I have been reading SO much about AI lately - so here's a roundup. I just read this article in Commune's weekly newsletter and wanted to share it with you, on spiritual advice from a chatbot. It was just matter of time before i posted about chatGPT, but it brings... Continue Reading →

Friend Friday 86 (and Book): Science for Living

My father's book, Science for Living: 5 Science Topics of Common Interest to Religion and Society, is basically a textbook on all things science - for me a reference book when I want to review how the Universe was created, or the history of certain scientific events. It's also got an overview of how religions... Continue Reading →


Image by Lorenzo Cafaro from Pixabay In the days of early internet, to get online, you used a modem that "dialed up" to the internet. The other day I found myself listening to this familiar sound on a phone call - when fax machines and other remnants of the past use this method still to... Continue Reading →

How to draw the periodic table

Image by ExplorersInternational from Pixabay We might think of the periodic table as fixed, a way that the elements of nature are naturally, but how do you organize these elements? This has been a matter of debate! Take a look at some of the considerations, and get a glimpse into the atoms of our world:... Continue Reading →

Mosquito music

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay After a rain, mosquitoes can show up unannounced - I've heard people wonder why they exist and why not get rid of them all? But mosquitoes have surprising benefits: Like other parasites, their destruction is a real problem for species diversity in the face of climate change (many... Continue Reading →

Science and the End of Peer Review This article describes how peer review, the practice of sending scientific papers out to other scientists for them to review and check for accuracy and rigor, doesn't actually work - it doesn't identify fake research, and most people know the research in advance anyway due to conferences and general communication among scientists: So... Continue Reading →

Can AI write poetry?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Artificial intelligence continues to improve, and intrude on our world. But for the moment, humans are necessary as a "backup." Still, creative tasks are improving, as in this article on whether AI can write real poetry. It begs the question of what consciousness is, as well (see Dec 21... Continue Reading →


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay For a long time, consciousness was only in the purview of religion, but science has been trying to understand what it means, as well. It's been defined as "the subjective sense of oneself and one’s environment and surroundings." Now a study suggests that consciousness came about due to our... Continue Reading →

Math Meets Cookies

These thumbprint cookies (also known as "jam biscuits" !!!) are easy to make, and vegan: include photos I used jam that was leftover when eating breakfast out at a restaurant. Other uses for jam: put water or milk in the jar and shake to make a juice/drink. I've also tried a jam cake and... Continue Reading →

Friend Friday 75: Tinkerlab

Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley has been an inspiration, especially when my kids were younger, but we return to the crafts and activities even now - bringing in screen-free activities that build curiosity, creativity, and hands-on skills.

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