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The Winter Solstice and Trying to Explain the Movement of the Sun

Many years ago I found myself trying to explain the movement of the sun during the winter to a class in Victoria, British Columbia, and ever since I have been struck by how cultural knowledge can be allowed or disallowed … Continue reading

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Seeing Ghosts, or the Old Man in the Barn

Once I told Darryl, a pompous Queens University student about the old man in the barn, my favourite story about the nature of reality. Darryl already knew how reality worked, so he was the perfect victim. I told him of … Continue reading

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