Links Related to Intellectual Pursuits

Anthropic Reasoning

  • The Anthropic Principle.
  • You will find both popular overviews and scholarly material on everything related to observation selection effects, at the Anthropic Principle: self-locating belief, and associated applications and paradoxes in science and philosophy. (If you see an error box, just scroll down past it.)
  • The Anthropic Principle vs. Supernaturalism.


  • New Scientist.
  • The Sloan Science and Film. A project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, features review of recent movies and a series of short student films on such topics as wormholes, the patterns in pinecones and sunflowers, and Ignaz Semmelweis, the 19th-century Hungarian physician whose campaign to promote hand washing among doctors was met with near-universal scorn. Requires Macromedia Flash.
  • The European Space Agency portal.
  • All the math you can handle.
  • Physics and high-speed photography. A video of fluid dynamics.
  • Splash Projects as well as some of the Student Photos.
  • Bad Physics in the Movies - Learn about science blunders in such movies as Pearl Harbor, Titanic, Spider-Man and The Matrix.
  • The Physics Classroom is a high school physics tutorial, or just a nice refresher course. Or overcome your fear of Physics.
  • "For Dummies" Science has a way for presenting material on various disciplines in a way that makes it both interesting and humorous.
  • Science Toys you can make with your kids. From Aerodynamics to Thermodynamics. Be careful with that magnetic linear accelerator.
  • JPL Robotics is NASA's lead center for creating robotic spacecraft and rovers, building smart machines that can perform very complicated tasks millions of miles from home.
  • Deep Ocean Seismicity from Hydroacoustic Monitoring! Yesss!! Visit the the Vents Program site.
  • Understand the Rules of the World: Produced by the British Institute of Physics, PhysicsWorld reports on the latest research and includes selections from the institute's semitechnical but lively magazine, Physics World.
  • The Federation of American Scientists. Founded by members of the Manhattan Project, FAS now "combines the scholarly resources of its member scientists and informed citizens with knowledge of practical politics."
  • Nanotechnology Now. The Gateway to Everything Nanotech.


  • Get the latest News on Rock Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Human Evolution and Migration at the Bradshaw Foundation.
  • Ancient Anatomy 101. Browse through 16th century anatomist Andreas Vesalius's illustrated text on the human body.
  • Meet some of the most brilliant female mathematical minds in history. .
  • A Tour of Mesopotamia. Learn about the astronomers of Babylon, the palaces of Assyria, and the royal tombs of Sumer, located in Iraq and in neighboring regions around the Middle East.

The World, the Universe, and Everything

  • A playground for thinkers: Arachnoid.
  • How much room do you have on your hard drive? Download the free version of the Digital Universe.
  • Use the JPL Solar System Simulator to see what any planet, moon, or spacecraft looks like from any other.
  • Is the Universe closed? Some more equations from
  • Begin your exploration of the amazing Infrared Universe!
  • More Powers of 10 – View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until...
  • Imagine the Universe. Multiwavelength Astronomy – Discover how astronomers use various wavelengths of light and other types of electromagnetic radiation to probe the depths of the universe.


  • Peep Research - Staley Library, Millikin University, Decatur, IL. Yes, really, lots of pictures of peeps!
  • Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest: Winners.

Vintage Computers and Calculators




  • Numbers with Colors. Lose your fear of math by toying with computer graphics that display the beauty and symmetry hidden within algebraic equations.
  • Are you into REAL Futures Trading? How about speculating on whether there exists an infinite number of pairs of primes differing by two?
  • Anyone up for a binaural experience? Put your headphones on, or insert your ear buds, and run this Binaural Beat Machine or Brainaural and see what happens.
  • The official website of the Nobel Foundation.
  • The Society of Primitive Technology is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, practice, and teaching of primitive technology.
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