Well, the lovely and multi-talented A. Kovacs, who normally poses your Afternoon Inquisition on Tuesdays,Â is on the road yet again, and unfortunately she’s trapped in an Internet-unfriendly O’Hare airport. So you all have to put up with me today.
Hey, look at it like I’m a substitute teacher. Just don’t put any rocks orÂ pointy things in the spit wads you shoot at me when I turn toward the blackboard.
Anyway, before I pose today’s AI, I want to remind all the Houston area skeptics that Jeff Wagg of the James Randi Educational Foundation will be speaking tonight at the Downtown Branch of the Houston Public Library, which is at 500 McKinney. His talk is titled Challenging Claims of the Paranormal. Things kick off around 7pm, so come on out and join us.
Okay, speaking of Houston and Texas, Eric Berger, a science blogger for the Houston Chronicle reported Friday that some parents and teachers in Texas have suggested Neil Armstrong be removed from a “science strand” in a 5th grade social studies book. They say he’s not a scientist and they don’t want to inundate children with too many names.
I suppose technically he’s not a scientist, but he’s an aerospace engineer. And he’s effing Neil Armstrong. He is the most recognizable figure associated with one of the most amazing scientific achievements ever. So what do you think?
DoesÂ Neil ArmstrongÂ belong in a 5th grader’s textbook? Is an engineer a scientist? Should A. Kovacs get a new travel agent? Who threw that?