New Stereotypes for Scientists

I’d like to thank the pandemic and global warming for inventing two new cliches for characters who are scientists. Reality has worked beyond ‘the mad scientist who wants to rule the world” and “the scientist who is blind to the effects of his theories and inventions ” to produce two new models who will certainly inhabit the dramas and comedies of today through tomorrow.

New is the scientist totally blinded by ideology who bends every equations, every paper, every experiment to further the goals of his ideology. Lysenko was the first of this kind.

New also is the scientist lusting for power yet feverishly craven who forms no ‘scientific’ opinion without consulting his political masters’ wishes. Like the first, both aspire not to scientific honors or to historical memory, but to earn riches and accolades; to head vast bureacracies; to force other scientists, real scientists, to kowtow before their political will. I present to you: the Fauci.

COVID Follies

I feel like I’m in a particularly unrealistic SF novel. The oppressors are supposed to provide ‘bread & circuses.’ In real life, denying people bread & circuses and—here’s the SF part—propaganda makes the people want their own deprivation!


The theory that science should be falsifiable is a philosophical (not scientific) theory about science. It can be replaced by other theories about the uses, purposes, and nature of science.

One alternative: the socialist theory of science in which science should serve the people, which means to serve the party which controls the government.

Punishing Slavery

If schools will expel students over racism’s history of slavery, will they expel students and fire professors over socialism’s history of slavery?

After Civilization

We’ll need a new word for the advanced, technological society that succeeds our own. “Civilization” derives from “civil” and “city.” Large segments of “citizens” have proven they are neither civil nor can live in cities, and are undeserving of the title “citizen.”

The name for this new society I leave to those who know Latin, Greek, and Chinese better than I do.