February 5th, 2012

atheist teacher

Kind of a non update update

Remember the teachers who sprayed 'holy water' on their atheist colleague a year and a half ago?

They got reassigned, but the matter is still under investigation. One of the minor details in that first non-update was that the teachers were also the subject of a criminal investigation by CPS to determine if "teachers caused students “mental injury” by disparaging Haiti in a classroom".

Which brings up to the new non-update about one of the two teachers.

Rainer also told the [Haitian] student that he "was chocolate that nobody wanted," and told the student to "shut up," according to documents.

"We were discussing the different chocolates and how the kids don't like dark chocolates so that's when the comment was made," Rainer said.

A Universe from Nothing, by Lawrence Krauss

This book tackles modern cosmology for the general audience, explaining what we know about the origin and fate of the universe, and how we know it. And, as the title suggests, there is a little bit of polemics involved, but Krauss largely hews closely to the evidence, what we do know (and don't), and what sort of questions we can consider answering in the future.

I'm pretty familiar with all the ingredients, but it was great to see it put all together in one place and developed: how the Uncertainty Principle allows you to get something for nothing (as long as you give it back later) and inflation allows you to turn a little something into a whole lotta something, and chaotic inflation could allow for the whole process to be eternal, bubbling off little universes all over the place.