Heather On the Radio

I was thrilled to be interviewed a week and a half ago for To The Best of Our Knowledge, a great show full of thought-provoking interviews.  This particular show is about wonder, and where does it come from, how do we get it.  I can only assume I was invited to be on it because of the Cabinet of Wonders.

In any case, it airs on Sunday, December 2nd, and you can go to the TTBOOK website to find out more.  They’ll be broadcasting it online sometime next week, or you can look at the “about us” tab at the top of the page to find out what stations will be broadcasting it near you (and what time).

It’s all very exciting!

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3 Responses to Heather On the Radio

  1. Hi Heather, I just heard you on To The Best of Our Knowledge. I didn’t know you were on the show and then recognized your voice. It was a very wonderful show on awe and wonder. I would like to know more about the wunder kamera (sp?) you talked about. How wonderful about your book. I will pick one up and read it. We should get together again. Kent and I around for the holidays.
    Best to you and your family,
    Kathleen, mom of Robert, wife of Kent Alexander

  2. Allen Nelson says:

    “Google was learning what I was looking for”

    I have an obsolete browser on my computer, Netscape Navigator, that I use solely for web searches. Most of the apps they try to force on you don’t work with it, and I can actually view the cookies that have been left, deleting all but the one that tells the search engine not to filter the results, not to give “instant results”, and to give me the maximum possible number of results (100) per page

  3. Allen Nelson says:

    “The earth is round, but everything on it is flat” -A.J. Lerner

    I wonder if this law of diminishing returns on web searches reflects an inherent shortcoming of binary logic. Everything ultimately comes down to either-or, 1 or 0.

    Computers have been built that run on ternary logic, rather than binary. Instead of flip-flops, they have flip-flap-flops. Fifty such computers, called “Setun”, were built in the Soviet Union in the late 1950’s. The flip-flap-flops were constructed by hand from available components. They worked perfectly until their designer fell out of official favor and found his office had been moved to a windowless attic. The computers were sledge-hammered into scrap.

    I think some commissar realized that ternary logic is incompatible with decimal-based measurement, such as the metric system, but works perfectly with a measurement system based on twelves. Advantage, Amerikanski! Best to nip that sort of thing in the bud.

    Binary computers exist in flatland. Ternary computers exist in a three-dimensional world. Binary computers have no comprehension of discrete objects.

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