Archive for May, 2010

Models and Mud: The last few days

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Tudesday: Models and Mud: Last day of sampling We didn’t even think we’d get to sample today or yesterday afternoon because of a weather system moving through the area, so today seemed like an added bonus. More coring, CTD-ing and so on happening. The last erosion chamber measurement ended at 11 pm. In the last […]



Models and Mud: Deploying Tripods!

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Monday, 24 Tripods: noun, plural: three legged metal frames to which instruments are attached. The tripods sit on the ocean floor measuring water and seabed properties. We put 3 tripods in water today. The crew minus Joey and me (who met everyone is Gisborne), picked up the three tripods on their way in. Since […]



Models and Mud: All mud is equal, but some is more equal than others

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Sunday, May 23  (Brownie points if you know the quote referenced in the title!) Highlight of the Day: We saw a fluid mud layer today! Its a layer of fluid mud, or water with very high sediment concentrations that forms a distinct layer. It was a couple centimeters in depth on top of the […]



Models and Mud: It’s a ‘Mud Cruise’

By • May 29th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Posted for Saturday, May 22 Our cruise is a ‘mud cruise’ because we are taking sediment samples onto the boat.   Today we went out coring all day. Basically you lower the multi-corer down to the seafloor to collect sediment cores. (I tried to attach pictures, but I can’t load them with the available internet connection […]



Models and Mud: Life on the Kaharoa

By • May 28th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

From Friday, May 20 Field work has started with a bang. The ship left Auckland with most of the science crew on Tuesday and I met it in Gisborne when it arrived on Thursday. From Thursday until this coming Tuesday, we will be collecting as much data as possible. We will be replacing the batteries […]



Models and Mud: Connecting the River to the Model

By • May 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Uncategorized

Finally, I’m near the study site! I’m now in Gisborne, the closest city to the Waipaoa River mouth, and about ~8 hours north by bus from Wellington. I met up with Joey Kiker, another graduate student from East Carolina University on the project. The rest of the crew should arrive by boat later today from […]



Predominant Research In Prime Numbers: Game Plan

By • May 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My project is scheduled to be completed by the 29th of May.  For the purposes of writing a paper, I have a lot of information to sort through in a sort of short amount of time and I had to come up with a method of narrowing down all the information out there on prime […]



Some excerpts from my paper, 4: Max Black

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Max Black thinks that he has found a few counterexamples to the is-ought distinction that are structurally different from Searle’s. He thinks that those who have objected to Searle and others because their arguments apparently contain “suppressed evaluative premises” have erred in their understanding of good argumentation. Some valid arguments are not valid syllogisms yet […]



Some excerpts from my paper 3: Moore (in which I use the word ‘metametametadesires’)

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One plausible way of getting to valid is ought inferences is identifying what we “ought” do with some quality. For instance, we could assert that it is tautological that we ought do what is good, and that we can identify the good with certain things in nature: a prototypical not-good thing would be an instance […]



Some excerpts from my paper, 2: Searle

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

According to John R. Searle, Hume and his following are incorrect. He thinks he has found a counterexample—a valid argument that uses only analytically true bridge principles. As he points out, a lone counterexample is not adequate to refute a complete and complicated philosophical thesis, but a counterexample with theory supporting it which can generate […]