Losing one's nose for mathematics

Allan S. Galang, the contributor, is taking up BS Education Major in Mathematics at the University of the East, Manila, Philippines.(You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to OurHappySchool@yahoo.com)

TYCHO BRAHE, THE DANISH ASTRONOMER who made comprehensive astronomical measurements of the solar system and whose data were used by his assistant, Johannes Kepler, to formulate his (Kepler) laws of planetary motion, lost his nose in a duel with one of his students over a mathematical computation.

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The frogs called humans


TOPICS DISCUSSED: Anatomy; Animal Communication; Animal Behavior

IN THE PHILIPPINES AT LEAST, seldom would you find a college graduate who in his school days did not experience to dissect a frog in biology laboratory. Being cheap and relatively easier to find, frogs are usually used to teach students about the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates, or animals that have a backbone. Vertebrates as we are, we humans have anatomical and physiological features that basically resemble that of the frog.

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FEWER OR LESS?; DIFFERENCE OR DIFFERENTIATION?

The Encarta Dictionary Tools (Microsoft® Encarta® 2006. © 1993-2005 Microsoft Corporation) clarifies the correct distinctive usage for each term:

“fewer or less?

As a general rule, fewer is used with things you can count (fewer meetings, fewer people), whereas less is used with things you cannot count (less time, less money). The same difference applies to the use of fewer than and less than: fewer than twenty people, less than an hour.

'Filipino English'

American English, British English, and Australian English, among others, are recognized by many as patent varieties of the English language and some can even distinguish the differences among these ‘brands’ of existing English. But what about Filipino English? 

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OurHappySchool Free On-line YOUTH CAMP


OurHappySchool.com aims to persuade people—kids, youths, and adults alike—that learning is fun.

One of its FREE PROGRAMS is to develop the youths' journalistic skills by encouraging them to write articles that OurHappySchool.com would publish on-line with their respective names in the by-line—something which they could proudly show to their friends, classmates, and teachers.

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Faith vs. science

 

Editor’s note: This article by a Philosophy professor discusses the mistakes in rejecting faith in the name of science and argues that morality is outside the realm of science. Readers are welcome to leave comments. (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to OurHappySchool@yahoo.com)

SOME SCIENCE ADVOCATES openly contend that science and religion are locked into a battle to the death. Believing that religion will sooner or later be certainly defeated, some assume that science is necessarily doing service to atheism ...

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Is science the only valid road to knowledge?

Editor’s note: Scientism as an epistemological approach is debunked in this article. Materialists and naturalists are also welcome to comment on this.

‘MYSTICALLY’ SPEAKING, RICHARD DAWKINS, the famed author of popular science books such as the controversial The God Delusion (2006), has an unquestioning allegiance to his own ‘god’ – science. Like many other naturalists, Dawkins sees science as having the power to untangle most, if not all, the mysteries of the universe without the need of the supernatural and thus believes that ultimately science can triumphantly address almost every problem.

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'True vs. valid': An article on Logical terms

Editor’s note: Prescribing the correct technical usage of the terms ‘valid’ and ‘true’, this article by a Logic professor of a university in Manila, Philippines is helpful to anyone who wishes to be knowledgeable in reasoning. OurHappySchool.com highly recommends it especially to those taking up Philosophy subjects.

Copyright 2011 by Jensen DG. Mañebog

IN ONE OF MY CLASSES IN LOGIC, the students asserted that the statement “All Hawaiians are Americans” is valid. Upon noticing the disagreement from my facial expression, some of them right away shifted to claiming that it is invalid. With slick smile, I pronounced that neither answer is correct ...

 

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Darwinist-evolutionist worldview: some defects

Editor’s note: This article that tackles about the defects of Darwinist-evolutionist worldview especially as a foundation of a moral theory welcomes comments from evolutionists and non-evolutionists alike.

IF DARWINISM AND EVOLUTIONISM were a viable worldview worthy of being a foundation of man’s set of beliefs especially in relation to morality, then it must at least be capable of explaining the origin of life, especially that of human life. Unfortunately, nothing in evolution satisfactorily explains the origin of life.

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Atheistic-naturalistic-materialistic worldview: tenable?

Editor’s note: This article that talks about the defects of atheistic-naturalistic-materialistic worldview especially as a basis of a theory in ethics welcomes comments both from atheists and theists.

AIMING TO SHOW PERHAPS that his worldview is far from being unhealthy, famous atheist Richard Dawkins affirms that atheists’ naturalism produces the “richness” in human life. He writes in The God Delusion, “What most atheists do believe is that although there is only one kind of stuff in the universe and it is physical, out of this stuff come minds, beauty, emotions, moral values—in short the full gamut of phenomena that gives richness to human life”...

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