2006 Science Scores
For 15 year Old Students
Hong Kong: 542
Taipei China: 532
New Zealand: 530
United Kingdom: 515
Czech Republic: 513
Macao China: 511
United States: 489
The United States scored 28th out of 57 nations tested on basic knowledge of science! (Scientific American Mind: Sept-Oct 2009, Page 65). Hopefully the following material will give you something to think about. Archaeology is not just excavation. It is the foundation for developing models for long lost lifeways and societies. To quote Leonard Susskind:
Curiosity is like an itch; it demands to be scratched. And for a physicist, nothing itches more than a paradox, an incompatibility among the various things that one thinks one knows.This not only applies to physics: archaeology without theory is meaningless. Below are some things that make me itch, and a few things that relieve some of that itch.
Culture as a Thermodynamic Machine
A modular approach to designing computer cultural systems. I believe it is possible to develop computer simulations of socio-cultural systems that would allow users to experience how different societies work. Continue »
My twenty most important research questions for Oregon. These are my "big itch" problems that should be explored by the archaeological community.
My approach to theory for Oregon. The tie between where one lives and the available resources groups can exploit, shapes the possibilities for the cultural relationships that result.
Summary of gray literature on housing for Oregon. This material was gleaned from the over 18,000 reports on file at the Oregon State Historic preservation Office.
Tsunami paper [PDF] exploring the relationships between the history of great subduction earthquakes and tsunami impacts on population growth.
Modeling Oregon Coastal Prehistory
Pocket beaches stretch from headland to headland and contain rivers or estuaries as food resource areas. They served as centers of group settlement on the Oregon coast. Continue »
I coined the term "pyroculture" to describe fire as a plant and animal management/intensification tool prior to the development of agriculture. This paper analyzes prehistoric populations' use of fire as a means of economic development.
Cosmology and physics is my hobby. "Recursive Dreams" summarizes my philosophy and view. What is life? How does it work? Understanding what the universe is all about is a "big itch" of mine. Continue »