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Larry Fields

Joined 4 years ago from Northern California. Last activity 4 weeks ago.

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Education: M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Oregon State University.

I'm also interested in animals, Baroque music, evidence-based environmental policy, health & fitness, Nature, offbeat humor, prehistoric art, and reasonable speculation about extraterrestrial civilizations.

Because of my passion for the outdoors, I'm fortunate to live within driving distance of the coast, the high country, and the river canyons of the Sierra foothills.

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  • 5

    Would you Date a Telepathic Person from an Extraterrestrial Civilization?

    2 months ago

    Would a telepathic couple be happier than most other couples? Could extraterrestrials benefit from American-style dating?

  • 11

    How Safe are Children Adopted by Gay Married Couples?

    2 years ago

    Should our government's child adoption policies make a distinction between gay married couples and straight married couples?

  • 12

    A West Coast Mystery: The Butterscotch Tree, aka Jeffrey Pine

    7 weeks ago

    Why does the resin of California's Jeffrey Pine tree smell like butterscotch?

  • 12

    Larry's Take on Time Travel

    3 months ago

    This article gives an overview of time travel in science fiction, briefly touches upon the classic Grandfather Paradox, and presents a conundrum, Larry and Nell's Razor.

  • 10

    Larry's Strength Training Exercises for Hiking

    5 weeks ago

    This article describes strength training exercises that can enhance performance on mountain hikes, and prevent sore muscles afterward.

  • 4

    For Writers, a few Alternatives to "Say" and "Said"

    3 months ago

    There are two problems with "say" and "said." They are overused, and they can be too generic. We'll take a tongue-in-cheek look at two of the alternatives.

  • 10

    I Do Not Bite Stray Dogs

    2 years ago

    This article looks at two nonstandard approaches for preventing bites from stray dogs, at any time of the day or night.

  • 4

    Mamikon's Psychic Computer Program?

    3 months ago

    This article looks at Mamikon's Attractor Puzzle. At first blush, it appears to be a psychic computer program. But is the 'obvious' interpretation correct?

  • 10

    Larry's Pony Express Hike

    3 months ago

    This article describes a little-known hike along a short segment of the famous Pony Express Trail, in the Northern Sierras. Driving directions from Sacramento are included. Hi-yo Silver! Away!

  • 7

    Do you have the Right Stuff to be a Cryptozoologist?

    2 years ago

    This article considers the limitations of Cryptozoology as a scientific career. We also touch upon some credible albeit inconclusive evidence for one particular Cryptid, Bigfoot.

  • 4

    Larry's Tetrahedron Puzzle

    2 years ago

    Can you find the distance from the base of a Regular Tetrahedron to its center, if you know the height of this figure? This article also describes an important tetrahedron for chemists.

  • 6

    Meaningful Multiparty Elections with Instant Runoff Voting

    4 weeks ago

    This article uses a novel Game Theory approach to compare true multi-party systems that use rank-order ballots, with Tweedledee-Tweedledum two party systems.

  • 8

    Kick the Filthy Smoking Habit

    3 months ago

    This article describes conventional and nonstandard approaches for kicking cigarette addiction. Subtopics: acetaldehyde, Cold Turkey, exercise, gradual withdrawal, harm reduction, and Swedish Snus.

  • 10

    Weather, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and More

    6 weeks ago

    This article contains informed speculations about the putative connection between weather and rheumatoid arthritis. It also mentions some non-medicinal, do-it-yourself approaches.

  • 18

    A Bone of Contention in the World of Dog Training

    6 weeks ago

    This article compares coercive dog training with the reward-based approach. We examine issues about alpha canines and alpha humans, the nature of pack animals, and how that affects dog training.

  • 8

    The Logic of Failure, a decades-overdue book review

    3 months ago

    This article reviews Dietrich Dörner's book, The Logic of Failure. Dörner looks at the psychology of Black Box Problems through the lens of computer simulations.

  • 12

    Larry's Tips for Hiking Safety in Cougar Country

    3 months ago

    This article describes some lesser-known safety precautions for people in mountain lion country. It also reviews common-sense measures, like always hiking in a group.

  • 18

    Larry's Experiment, Does MSG Cause Obesity?

    2 years ago

    In some developed countries, obesity has become a serious health problem. This article describes a simple experiment, which sheds some light on the putative link between MSG and overeating.

  • 7

    The Scare-of-the-Month Club and Evil Chemicals

    2 months ago

    Some of our infinitely wise opinion leaders tell us that 'evil' chemicals in our food and water are 'bad for us', and that we should be very afraid. Let's separate the wheat from the chaff.

  • 47

    Does Cotton Clothing Kill Hikers?

    2 years ago

    Some hikers believe that it's always dangerous to wear cotton clothing on outdoor treks. We'll examine this claim from a chemistry perspective.

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  • 4

    Alternatives to Traditional Dog Ownership

    2 years ago

    Being a responsible dog owner requires a lot of time, effort and patience. This article explores four alternatives to conventional dog ownership for busy people.

  • 6

    Trikke for Arthritic Hips

    2 years ago

    Aerobic exercise is helpful for people with arthritis. However you need to be especially careful in choosing the right exercise if you have an arthritic hip. I recommend the Trikke.

  • 4

    Larry's Butter Testing Experiment

    3 months ago

    Sometimes we think of the world of science as being inaccessible to nonspecialists. Here's a simple kitchen chemistry experiment that children and adults can enjoy. The article also includes a tip for cooking with...

  • 19

    Larry's Take on Gun Control and Violent Crime

    6 weeks ago

    Let's analyze some firearms scenarios involving self-defense and violent crime. The insight that we gain could be useful in tweaking gun regulations in a rational way.

  • 4

    Additional Uphill Hiking Techniques

    2 years ago

    We'll look at two uphill hiking tactics: Rhythmic Breathing and the Rest Step. However if you're already an endurance athlete, uphill hiking technique may be less important for you.

  • 22

    Who's Afraid of the Global Warming Monster?

    2 months ago

    "The science is settled" on Man-Made Global Warming, according to Al Gore's famous oxymoron. However there's been no measurable global warming trend since 1998. What gives?

  • 9

    Hacking Dr Pepper

    2 years ago

    The recipe for the Dr Pepper beverage is a big corporate secret. This article attempts to shed some light on the subject. It is based upon information that is readily available on the Internet.

  • 10

    Larry's Take on the Population Disinformation Bomb

    6 weeks ago

    The available evidence supports the Demographic Transition model over the outdated neo-Malthusian hypothesis, favored by environmental extremists.

  • 2

    Can You Solve Larry's Polygon Puzzle?

    2 months ago

    Not all mathematical puzzles are hopelessly complex. Here's a geometry puzzle that can be solved by drawing simple pictures.

  • 21

    Why is the Product of Two Negative Numbers Positive?

    3 months ago

    Most of us were befuddled by sign conventions in high school algebra. This article explains the reasoning behind the two product/quotient rules.

  • 51

    Larry's Take on the Claim that Gravity Is Magnetism

    2 years ago

    We don't know enough to state with certainty that gravity is magnetism, as some bloggers speculate. However Einstein's famous energy-matter equivalence from Relativity theory is relevant here.

  • 4

    Larry's Take on Hiking Poles

    2 months ago

    This article explores the pros and cons of using hiking poles. It also describes how to use your hiking pole to save the life of another hiker, who's being attacked by a mountain lion.

  • 8

    Larry's At-Home Exercise to Strengthen Weak Upper Legs

    7 weeks ago

    This article describes a slow-paced indoor exercise, called Gorilla Walking. This therapeutic exercise isolates and strengthens the thigh muscles, aka the quadriceps,.

  • 8

    The Lobotomy Nobel

    2 years ago

    The Lobotomy Nobel of 1949 had tragic consequences. How could the highly educated people within the medical profession and the Nobel Committee make such a huge mistake?

  • 22

    The Vocabulary of Murder

    2 years ago

    This article is a lighthearted look at the language used to describe an unspeakable crime--murder. For international readers, it can provide some insight into the culture of the USA.

  • 4

    Frank Benford's Law of First Digits

    6 weeks ago

    When we look at the first digits from a wide variety of measurements, a striking pattern emerges. This is described by Benford's Law, aka the First Digit Problem. And it's a real head-scratcher.

  • 9

    Women, Tweak your Aerobic Exercise Routine to Boost Well-Being

    7 weeks ago

    Tweak your aerobic exercise routine with ABAB Testing, to find the 'sweet spot' that optimizes your well-being. This article also explores a few aerobic options, including Trikking.

  • 9

    Exercise for Wimps

    2 years ago

    This article explores the psychology of exercise. Having a good exercise routine just plain feels good. If you're skeptical of this claim, try the Slouch Day experiment described in the hub.

  • 6

    How to Pace Yourself While Hiking Uphill

    2 years ago

    If we're in good health, hiking uphill is not difficult--if our upper legs have normal strength. However we must pace ourselves properly. And uphill pacing is a skill that can be cultivated.

  • 9

    How to Make Salty Tasting Rice with Less Salt

    6 weeks ago

    It is possible to make rice or pasta, using less salt, without sacrificing the salty taste. How? With common-sense chemistry.

  • 4

    Larry's Take on Organized Religion in the USA

    7 weeks ago

    What are the good points and not-so-good points of which consumers of organized religion should be aware? And how do religious enterprises succeed from a business perspective?

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