Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Covid-19’s Two Pennsylvanias:
Correlates of Death

“Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between” attributed to James Carville INTRODUCTION “Inquiring minds want to know,” and my mind is nothing if not inquiring.   So, when I read  in a blog that 60% of all covid-19

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Is Covid-19 Wuhan Flu?

“May 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A team of Australian scientists has produced new evidence that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is optimized for penetration into human cells rather than animal cells, undermining the theory that the virus randomly evolved

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

When Will it End?
More Numbers Game

“O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!”—Habakkuk 1:2 (KJV) INTRODUCTION Here’s one more “playing the numbers game.” (For others, see here, here, here , here

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Masses to Resume in Some Pennsylvania Counties

I just received an email from our diocese (Harrisburg, PA) announcing that Masses can be resumed, at the discretion of the parish pastor, under the following conditions (copy of the announcement below) Diocese of Harrisburg Announces Guidelines for Parishes in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Afraid of the Big, Bad Virus?
Play the Numbers Game

“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” ― Joseph Stalin “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” ― Mark Twain INTRODUCTION Back again to play the numbers game.  I’ve been reading predictions, “models” (as

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Death’s Discovered Country:
Who Dies from What

“…the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of?—William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3,

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Covid-19 was here last year?

An intriguing proposition, that covid-19 has been among us since last year, has been set forth by Anthony Ciani in the American Thinker: “Did I Already Have COVID-19?” I’ll quote from the article: “It is an increasingly common statement, in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

‘Tis Cruel to Be Kind:
II. What the Numbers Don’t Tell Us

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Disraeli?  Mark Twain? (see here) INTRODUCTION This is Part II of a series about dealing with the covid-19 pandemic.  Part I dealt with government folly, focusing on  Pennsylvania.  In

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Mathematicians vs MDs:
Who’s Right?

“Exponential growth models of physical phenomena only apply within limited regions, as unbounded growth is not physically realistic. Although growth may initially be exponential, the modelled phenomena will eventually enter a region in which previously ignored negative feedback factors become

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Time for Flyover Country to Get off the Couch?

“The road to reality is paved with numbers.” Anon. INTRODUCTION Those who follow TAC know there is a spectrum of opinion about current measures to combat the spread of the covid-19 virus: ranging from “it’s not that much worse than

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

One Life = ??? Lost Jobs;
What’s the Equation?

“Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.”—Hilaire Belloc In recent articles and comments on TAC there has been a tension between values, best illustrated by the following.  

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

New Drug for Covid-19

Good news from the home front.   A new drug to combat Covid-19 was announced at the President’s news conference today: chloroquine, a drug that has been previously used (and is therefore available for immediate use) to combat malaria and

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

A Thought for Today: Perpetual Lent

 “Christians must always live this way, without any wish to come down from their Cross–otherwise they will sink beneath the world’s mire. But if we have to do so all our lives, we must make even a greater effort during

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Sky is NOT Falling, Henny Penny!

“Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as Chicken Little and sometimes as Chicken Licken, is a European folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes that the world

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Another Diocesan Bankruptcy:
A Moral Choice?

Our diocese (Harrisburg, PA) recently sent out a letter that it was declaring bankruptcy in view of oncoming lawsuits by presumed victims of sexual abuse.   See here for a detailed account.  As a member of this diocese, I received

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Rule Britannia! Brexit is Adopted!

Amidst the hurly and burly of fake news about impeachment, Davos, Megxit, etc… the one good piece of news may have passed you by.  It did me, until my good lady, who has a special historian’s interest in the welfare

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Technology:
The Doom of Civilization?*

“…and we also know that almost every person, including children, was issued a device that enabled them to see and hear one another, however far apart in the world they might be; that these devices were small enough to be

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Schrodinger's Cat: One of Many Quantum Mysteries
Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

New Ebook: Mysteries–Quantum & Theological

“I think I can safely say that nobody understands Quantum Mechanics.“—Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law, Chapter 6 Pardon the shameless self-promotion, but I want to promote my new ebook, “Mysteries: Quantum & Theological.”   It’s now available on

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine, Thoughts on Advent

As I was doing my nightly reading of  Augustine Day by Day, it struck me how appropriate the readings were for Advent, so I’d like to share them.   (Presumably the editor for this book, John Rotelle, chose them for this very

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Music to Stir the Soul*

*Ignore the first 14 seconds of the video, the intro to Proms. This Sunday afternoon (October 27th) my wife and I attended a local choral group’s performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ works, Serenade to Music, Toward the Unknown Region, and

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Scientism is a False Religion*

To answer the question ‘To be or not to be?’ we cannot turn to a science textbook. —Fr. Stanley Jaki, “The Limits of a Limitless Science” INTRODUCTION:  QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS Someday in Heaven, Purgatory, or the other place, I

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science*

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Church Needs Powerful Music

“Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.  With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.” Psalm 98:5,6 (KJV) Here’s the link to the Youtube video

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Fr. Matthew Mary, EWTN, tells it like it is.

When I don’t go to daily Mass, I try to watch the daily EWTN Mass.  I did so today :  amazing, wonderful homily by Fr. Matthew Mary.   Briefly, he discussed Pope Francis’s airplane call for schism, put that into

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Happy Feast Day Again, St. Augustine

Happy those who feast on wisdom and savor her knowledge, She will nourish and refresh them.”  Hymn for the Office of Readings, 28th August. Today is the Feast Day for St. Augustine, my favorite Doctor of the Church.     I’ve

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Darwin was wrong,
but what does science say?

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”  ― Milton Berle Yes, “The god is failed” (the god of Darwinism), but will Intelligent Design replace it?  I don’t think so.  I’ve given arguments that this is so in

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

The Virtues of a Small Country Church

“From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Catholic Anti-science:
Hypocrisy or Truth?

The featured image above (from Wikimedia Commons) depicts the satellite constellation that enables GPS, presumably used by anti-science bloggers.  It requires corrections based on special and general relativity theory if positions are to be accurate (i.e. not be in error

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