Tenure-track working career math

AbstractA knot is said to be slice if it bounds a smooth properly embedded disk in . We demonstrate that the Conway knot is not slice. This completes the classification of slice knots under 13 crossings and gives the first example of a non-slice knot which is both topologically slice and a positive mutant of […]

Does bad art drive out good?

We think this an important question when it comes to art. When art is valuable, and worthwhile to appreciate, it is inevitably worth money. And indeed, we can ask the same question about money. Gresham’s law is a monetary principle stating that “bad money drives out good.” It is primarily used for consideration and application […]

Radical environmentalism and ‘mental health’

Most people think of the environment of “nature” or of the natural outdoors, when they speak of “environmentalism.” Not so. Radical environmentalists do not spend much time outdoors, and that is not the environment that chiefly concerns them. The Social Environment There’s as “social environment” — where they are hard at work on a vicious […]

More on David’s numbering the people

David had a lot more numbering and statistics going on in the Bible than we alluded to earlier. https://www.mushroom.global/2020/04/16/davids-numbering-the-people-absaloms-haircut/ (8) Tu mets devant toi nos iniquités, Et à la lumière de ta face nos fautes cachées. (9) Tous nos jours disparaissent par ton courroux; Nous voyons nos années s’évanouir comme un son. (10) Les jours […]

David’s numbering the people; Absalom’s haircut

Certain figures of veiled speech were used in Biblical times. When ancient Israel first formed itself into a kingdom from a federation of lordships or judgeships, David was chosen (or elected) king. There must have been official popular elections at the time. David was accused of sin for “numbering the people” [2 Samuel 24; 1 […]

Why the Fourth Amendment isn’t working

Every law passed by Congress, or by the legislature of any state, and every ordinance passed by a city council, municipal assembly, or county board, is passed to punish the male half of the population into compliance with it, to punish men and hold them accountable to the letter of the law, and to hold […]

‘Social distancing’ and other coronavirus propaganda, explained

Donald J. Trump has a Catholic Advisory Panel, whether he wants it or not. There is a point of too many Catholics and too much Catholicism in the government. We may well have reached it: the end of religious freedom as we once know it in America. Other exclamation points include Trump’s Supreme Court appointments […]

Mormons vs. the Song of Solomon

More on the subject of a previous post. Whether Solomon is actually the author is doubtful. The composition has many beautiful phrases and lyrical prose, often quoted in nonreligious literature. Song of Solomon — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–Day Saints Solomon had too many wives, according to the First Books of the Kings. And […]

So much for academic peer review

It’s the notorious European-dominated publish-or-perish system of academic publishing, and journals that tout phony “impact factors” which in turn are required of research faculty by institutional administration. At risk is the profit powerhouse of Elsevier’s parent company, UK-listed Relx, Europe’s biggest media company by market capitalisation, which reports its annual results on Thursday. The academic […]