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Having It All [[ Harold and Arron take a walk ]] / Harold: So much of the conflict in this world is due to inequality of wealth-- The Haves versus the Have-Nots. / Harold: It makes me wonder how peaceful the world would be if everyone just had everything they needed and wanted. / Arron: People would still fight...
Reading Academic Articles [[ Text Panel. ]] / [[ Underlined caption: How to read an academic article... ]] / [[ (1) Begin with the abstract to see if you're interested ]] / [[ (2) Read the introduction and conclusions, with extra focus on the main punchlines ]] / [[ (3) Skim the middle sections to get a feel for the flow, pay special...
Fruit [[ Harold and Alp observe a bowl of fruit ]] / Alp: Have your ever noticed that apples, oranges, peaches, and pears are all about the same size? / Harold: I guess not. / Alp: I wonder if there is a shared reason why they all evolved to a similar point. Maybe over time people preferentially ate and replanted...
Failure [[Harold and Aaron are sitting on an island at the base of a tree.]] / Harold: No matter what I try to do, I always feel like a failure. / Harold: Is it too much to ask to want to at least be good at one thing? / Aaron: What would you like to be good at? / Harold: Life. / {{alt text: Well, that or...
Life From Another Planet [[ Harold and Aaron walking in the woods. ]] / Harold: If intelligent life came to Earth from another planet, do you think it would be conservative or liberal? / Harold: For example, if a society has advanced to the point of mastering interstellar travel, does that necessarily imply a certain amount...
 
Dark Matter [[ Aaron and Raymond out at night, under starry skys. ]] / Raymond: People criticize religion when it invokes the supernatural for unexplained phenomena, but are Astrophysicists any better? / Raymond: When Gravity acts in a way they can't explain, they make up something called "Dark Matter." Now...
Memes [[ Harold and Aaron walking in a fairly barren environment ]] / Harold: Analogous to the concept of Genes is that of "Memes." These are ideas, practices, and other cultural items that persist because of their ability to evolve and replicate. / Harold: But is it even clear what should be classified...
Quantum Tunneling [[ Raymond and Aaron ]] / Raymond: Quantum Mechanics is so strange that it is possible, albeit very unlikely, that you could walk through a wall. / Aaron: I hate it when Quantum Tunneling is trivialized with that lame example. / Aaron: In the sun, protons are bouncing into each other, but not fast enough...
Civilized [[ Aaron and a man sitting on a bench. The man is wearing a white shirt with a bow-tie. ]] / Man: What's happening to the world? Women are walking around wearing next to nothing, man have their pants hanging off, and people regularly curse in their conversations. / Man: Give me the good old days! ...
Theory of Everything [[ Harold and Aaron sitting in the woods, perhaps watching a sunset. ]] / Harold: Do you think physicists will one day develop a "Theory of Everything"-- A single theory that explains all particles and forces, and underlies all known physical phenomena? / Harold: Because if they do, I think it will be...
 
Accomplishing Greatness [[ Harold and Arron take a walk ]] / Harold: When I was younger, I always had this notion that someday I would accomplish something great. My whole life was ahead of me, and greatness was just around the corner. / Harold: But each year that I grow older, I look at when some of the biggest minds had...
Divine Evidence [[ Harold and Arron take a walk ]] / Harold: You criticize people who believe in God despite a lack of empirical evidence... / Harold: ... but one could just as well turn the question back on you-- Can you describe what evidence would make you admit that God really does exist? / Aaron: Sure, I can...
Be Cool [[ Harold and Ferdinand in the city! They're standing behind a brick wall, city skyline in the background. ]] / Harold: I'm tired of always being a loser. From now on I'm going to be cool like you Ferd. / Ferdinand: Alright Harold! / Ferdinand: You the Man! [[ gives 2 thumbs up ]] / Harold: Yeah, I...
(Mis)construe [[ Aaron and Ferdinand taking a walk. ]] / Ferdinand: "Construe" and "misconstrue" are a pair of funny words... / Ferdinand: ... Let's say I tell a chick that she has a big rump. When she relates this story to her girlfriends she might say she *construed* that I was calling her fat. / Ferdinand: But...
Crackpot Scorecard [[Comic shows a sheet titled "CRACKPOT SCORECARD". Text as follows:]] / Not sure whether something is legit or crackpot garbage? Add up the points below and then check the key at the bottom. / 1 point for each mention of the word "quantum" followed by "healing", "wellness", "meditation", "therapy",...
 
Lil' Calamities and Modern Schooling {{Title: Lil' Calamaties}} / [[A classroom.]] / Teacher: Students, open your books for the reading lesson. / Lil' Harold: [[Hand up]] Teacher, all we study is reading and math. This is such a narrow focus compared to the range of interests and talents we might have. / Lil' Harold: [[Shrugging]] We...
Tachyons [[Aaron and Harold are walking across a natural landscape.]] / Harold: Einstein's Theory of Relatively forbids accelerating something to go faster than light. / Harold: But there could still exist particles called Tachyons that ALWAYS exceed the speed of light. / Harold: Amazingly, in the frame of...
Transgenesis [[ Ferdinand and Alp take a walk. ]] / Alp: Using genes extracted from jellyfish, scientists created fluorescent fish, called "glofish". / Alp: More recently, researchers have even used jellyfish genes to make glowing cats. / Ferdinand: Well, you have some scientific know-how, what else could you...
Parasites [[ Aaron and Harold take a walk. ]] / Aaron: The many instances in Biology of parasites controlling the minds of their hosts are truly amazing. / Aaron: There are ants that are forced to crawl up blades of grass to meet their deaths, rats that are suddenly attracted to cats, fish that try to get eaten...
Fairies [[ A nighttime scene with silhouettes of Aaron and Harold sitting on a hill-top under starry skies. ]] / Aaron: Douglas Adams eloquently asked: "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" / Aaron: But there is something...
 

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