Technology and Science

The Nigerian Federal Government ought to have the encourage to strengthen our country 's educational system by (i), emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering , and Mathematics curricula beginning from the early years in our public schools through the universities; (ii) testing millions of our school children in order to separate about 20% of the best brains for special training at Government expense in Nigeria's Science Academies to serve as our nucleus scientists; and (iii repatriating millions of our best science brains from Western countries where they had gone to avoid hardships at home. Any government , including the Nigerian Federal and…
Do your best work – have a plan each day to complete the tasks in your domain. Whether it is gathering requirements, fixing bugs, or testing a solution; focus on your task. Yes, it is the primary reason you were hired but more, doing great work builds your expertise and reputation. Pattern your deliverables after best practices in your industry. Build your expertise – you don’t know it all. Google it, YouTube it, attend training, call the solution manufacturer - whatever it takes to build your “gurudom.” Indeed, if applicable, study hard to earn a certificate or two. Become the…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:13

My association with nuclear physicists

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You appear to know a lot about actual electricity since you mentioned Michael Faraday's discovery of electrical motor in the mid nineteenth century. I am going to assume that you understand James Clerk Maxwell's four equations (on electromagnetism), Boltzmann's studies on gasses and heat and J.J. Thomson's discovery of electrons in 1897; further, I assume that you understand the three laws of thermodynamics etc. Since you appear to have technical understanding of electricity (which goes with heat, light and motion, even sound), I would appreciate it if you did a paper, like Dr. Ogbonnia did, on the nature of electricity.…
Human beings are an interesting bunch. They see a problem, try to solve it and then proceed to replicate that problem. In the Western world, emerging scientists saw the Catholic Church as an obstacle on their path, a negative force forcing them not to use their minds to understand phenomena but instead abide by the mostly irrational theology of the church. The church punished those who disagreed with its teachings, such as burn Bruno Giordano on the stakes and imprisoning Galileo (and would have killed him if he had not recanted his perception that the sun is the center of…
Saturday, 17 January 2015 06:56

In search for a universal scientific culture

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As a non-Westerner, an African I perceived Western (American) culture as an imposition on me. Everything in me rejected Western culture. On the other hand, I love the physical sciences (physics, chemistry and biology). I love science because it posits a universal method of approaching phenomena. Science does not belong to any specific people; it belongs to all human beings. Therefore, I seek a universal human culture based on the findings of science. In identification, I am not an African, European or American or Asian; I am a human being; my culture is not African or European or Asian, it…
This past holiday season I lost a dear cousin Engineer Castro G. Oranika (May His Soul Rest in Peace).He was flown to California for treatment from Nigeria. Unfortunately he passed away here in the United States and funeral arrangements were being made in our beloved hometown Abatete many of us call Abanna in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State.This report is dedicated to the memory of Castro G. Within the little time I had left, I began planning my journey back to Nigeria because I knew I had to be a part of my cousin's funeral. The other thing…
Abstract: This paper points out that extant intelligence tests do in fact test people’s ability to understand science and technology; it says that those who tend to do well in science and technology are those who desire to adapt to the existences of this world. It says that there are those who are not interested in the things of this world; it says that extant intelligence tests do not test the brand of intelligence that finds this world not interesting. It concludes that we ought to find a way to make people loving rather than stop at merely talking about…
This paper looked at the standard theory on the origin of the universe and some alternative theories to the origin of the universe and concluded that all these are interesting speculations and that we still do not know how the universe came into being; it says that it is about time we stopped fooling ourselves into believing that only what Western cosmologists tell us is the origin of the universe is the actual origin of the universe, that we ought to examine what other cultures, such as Africans, have to say on the subject and, better still, what each individual…
My natural inclination is philosophy, not the physical sciences. By philosophy, I do not mean academic philosophy. Academic philosophy has lost its way and is not philosophical at all. If you think of Wittgenstein and his preoccupation with language, you ask: what has that got to do with philosophy? Philosophy has to do with efforts to understand whether this life of ours has meaning or not. We are born, grow up and live in pain and must die. We are like other animals and trees, biological organisms; our bodies are made of matter (the various elements, atoms, particles and sub-particles)…
This essay says that we do not know what reality is; that in the meantime folks posit their ideas of what reality is and behave accordingly and obtain attendant results. It sees Western science as the most successful construct of reality so far made by human beings but says that we still have to seek better views of reality, those that do better than Western science does.* Western Science Is a View Of Reality, Not Reality Itself Ozodi Thomas Osuji Western science is predicated on certain assumptions about the nature of reality; the assumptions are that separation of one thing…
Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:06

Multiselves

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Abstract: Extrapolating from Quantum mechanics, especially Hugh Everett’s many worlds interpretation of the double slit experiments, this paper says that there are many of each human being, each in a different universe. This idea is not exactly new for David Deutsch of Oxford University (Physics Department) in his book, The Fabric of Reality, writes that there are many of him, each in the possible infinite universes required by Quantum Mechanics. Multiselves By Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have come to the conclusion that we have four levels of selves: The God self (this is the one self all creation shares; I…
Saturday, 08 October 2011 22:01

Science Is Telling Us That We Are Nothing

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This paper points out that science carries an implicit philosophy, the philosophy that human beings came from nothing hence are nothing. On the other hand, human beings are those creatures that must see themselves as worthwhile for them to work to provide for their lives; if they are worthless, why should they work to support those worthless selves; therefore, teaching that they are lacking in value, as science does, is a disincentive to human productivity. Perhaps, there is another aspect of people that transcends their bodies hence has worth? Science Is Telling Us That We Are Nothing Ozodi Thomas Osuji…