There are two major approaches to dealing with global warming, mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation is the effort to reduce the effects of future climate change by reducing the drivers of climate change. It’s probably what most of you think of when you think of solutions to global warming.. Mitigation includes replacing high emission sources of […]Read more "A Fortress in a Pirate’s Kingdom"
You’ve heard of pseudoscience, now get ready for pseudohistory. I think pseudohistory is just as harmful as pseudoscience. Many of my fellow Americans seem pretty well informed about the decision to use atom bombs on Japanese cities. Their analysis of the matter may lack depth, as I have pointed out, but the facts they know are […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Pseudohistory"
We’re not fooling around today. It’s time to get to the bottom of this. Music is universal to all human cultures. And more than that, there is a broad range of agreement across cultures about what music should be made of. Some intervals of tone are considered pleasant across all cultures and some scales, ways […]Read more "Why is there Music?"
Nuclear weapons are uniquely destructive. Nothing we’ve ever made can cause so much death and destruction so quickly. And under some conditions nuclear weapons can render land uninhabitable for years. It would be better if there were fewer of them. So the question is: How low can we go? I think this video accurately explains […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: How Low Can We Go?"
Whether you love or hate cover bands, they are a necessary part of the culture and economics of live music. They help beginners develop skills and keep professionals in their top form. More importantly, cover bands keep the idea alive that live music is important and show the next generation that it is possible to […]Read more "Uncovering the Cover"
The Zero Option sounds like the title of a Cold War thriller with something as threatening as the shrouded and guarded Pershing II missile in the background image being fired in a risky attempt to destroy Soviet Command and Control capabilities during an implausible NATO/Warsaw Pact throwdown. In reality The Zero Option is much less menacing. […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Zero Option"
Loudness is not volume, the listener does not control control it. Loudness is hard to explain, but it’s sort of just the “amount” of music on a recording medium or, these days, in a digital file or stream. More music is better. Yes, up to a point. The mid 1990’s were the beginning of what […]Read more "What we Lost in the Loudness War"