Tagged with science

Thoughts on the Kosher Switch

1. For obvious reasons, you can not find the halachoth of switches and electricity in the classical codes. Electricity only became a household item a little more than a century ago, depending upon where you lived, and despite the many halachic authorities who did not see electricity as a sabbath-problem in and of itself, it … Continue reading

The Increase of Cancer Rates in the Western World, and the Mario Analogy

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/health/28cancer.html?pagewanted=all The money quote: “There is no reason to think that cancer is a new disease,” said Robert A. Weinberg, a cancer researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass., and the author of the textbook “The Biology of Cancer.” “In former times, it was less common because people were struck down … Continue reading

Evolution Does Not Bother Me Either

Teaching an Advanced Placement Biology course is possibly one of the more fun endeavors I have tried in recent years. Last week we started learning about Darwin and Evolutionary Theory, and I introduced the material with the section from Maimonides I posted earlier. Then, I pointed out that as we have seen, the evolution discussed … Continue reading

Checking for Lice on the Sabbath

Question: Lice on Shabbos: Anything to do about it or must treatment be continued after Shabbos? Answer: Concerning checking for lice on Shabbos: 1. The sages of the Talmud did permit killing creatures such as lice on the Sabbath. This was on the assumption that lice do not sexually reproduce and are therefore not truly … Continue reading

More On My Optical Length Theory

Laws of The Foundations of the Torah, 2:1-2: It is a mitzvah to love and fear this glorious and awesome God, as [Deuteronomy 6:5] states: “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” and, as [Deuteronomy 6:13] states: “You shall fear … Continue reading