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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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Veritasium – Newton reinvents how to calculate pi

An evening pause: Much of the math goes over my head, but the story is still fascinating in showing how you can discover what later seems obvious, merely by keeping an open mind while endlessly and repetitively asking the next question.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.


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  • wayne

    “The World of Isaac Newton”
    Robin Wilson & Raymond Flood
    Gresham College Public Lecture October 2020

    “The Clockwork God: Isaac Newton and the Mechanical Universe”-
    Professor Alister McGrath
    Gresham College Public Lecture January 2019

  • Jay

    These two guys are the types to teach math and make it fun. Very visual. Mathematics is a language and if it is taught by bad teacher, you will get bad math. I had to throw away ideas and shortcuts I learned in high school, and relearn concepts in college. Bad habits discourage students.

  • pzatchok

    And I ask again why can this not be taught to any student who wants to learn it when ever they want to learn it?

    There is no reason a grade school student can not learn at least algebra and geometry if they show the desire and ability.

    I also think all American schools should be switched to a 12 month system with two 1 month breaks. A winter break and a summer break.
    I also think any student should be able to test out of any class at any time of the year and move on to the next class.

  • pzatchok

    I learned the old Archimedes way back in 9th grade after I found a second hand book by Asimov on Mathematics.

    If I remember correctly about how ridiculous Pi is….
    If you inscribed a circle the diameter of Plutos orbit and used Pi to 15 places you would only be off the size of an atom.

  • Jeff Wright

    Ramanujan had his own way…Newton would be called a nut. The Channeled Scablands is an example where catastrophists were right.

  • Jay

    You have my vote when it comes to schools. Public schools are no longer about education, just indoctrination. I can tell you about the huge fight over charter schools here in Washington State. The people voted to have to have them, but the state government and the NEA/WEA have fought it tooth and nail.
    As of last year, the state’s department of education has a complete K-12 sex education plan, but does not have a K-12 plan for science and math. Sorry to rant, the priorities of this state are messed up.

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