Sunday, June 30, 2019

Want to Learn Orgo?


I'm imagining a billboard, kind of funny, with people pulling off the road to satisfy their curiosity.

The booth brochures (freeway rest stop?) given a sense of it:  don some VR googles, kick back, and see how much organic chemistry you might learn in an evening, a meal included, and a badge or certificate, that you were a player. 

School of Tomorrow.

You'll recognize The House of Tomorrow theme perhaps. 

Nana lives with her ward and believes in a future imagined by Buckminster Fuller, whom many (well, a few) dismiss as a CIA kook, I mean spook.  I mean, look at whom he hung out with.  A cold warrior, right? 

But then, keeping wars cold is not always a bad calling.  Hot warriors want to end the experiments.

Anyway, the movie doesn't look at Fuller especially critically, but nor does it really have much time for any curriculum. 

So I made up a School of Tomorrow to serve as a companion guide to the Bucky stuff, meaning Synergetics and the "omnidirectional halo" style of thinking (holistic) it trains us in (No More Secondhand God).

FAQ:

Question: So why is my "VR glasses" scenario fixated on organic chemistry instead? 

Answer:

(A) It's not either/or and
(B) I'm living in the old stomping grounds of one Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of organic molecular structures. 

Dr. Pauling (Oregon State University, Cal Tech) paved the way for people to imagine, and find, buckminsterfullerene as a molecule (C60).  That's a condensed version of the story, and a segue to the Bucky chapter.

He was on on the trail seeking the structure of DNA.  One of his published papers got it wildly wrong, but he wasn't afraid to speculate.  Science would get nowhere without people risking being wrong about stuff.

He wanted to be a part of the DNA party in the Europe, but the Feds denied him a visa.  The letter denying him said visa is still on display in the special collection at OSU.

Linus was regarded as subversive, as he was always questioning the "atomic program" i.e. being honest about the real health effects.  His Peace Prizes traces to all that in large degree.  He also spoke out against the internment of Americans of Japanese heritage during WW2, and tried to protect some friends from the wartime paranoia (the mental illness of his peers).

Douglas Strain was very impressed by Pauling's integrity and for that reason committed estate resources to preserving both his and his wife's Ava's papers, and keeping the Linus Pauling House on Hawthorne in decent shape.  I mention that house in my video.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CSN Business Model (again)



What's the Coffee Shops Network?

A philosophy.  A philanthropy.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cultural Literacy Anyone?


I understand how math teachers get defensive, about how their curriculum is already packed with topics. Bringing back hexadecimals is bad enough, but introducing a whole different approach to the polyhedra... that's not what they signed up for.

I keep reassuring them:  don't you worry, this is for humanities people to understand. We'll work it out on the PATH side, and the STEM folks will visit, more as tourists.  Welcome to someplace alien.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

School of Tomorrow Funded by CSN


Thanks to all the winners out there who channeled energy to a worthy cause!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019