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Laser Ranging for Gravitational, Lunar, and Planetary Science
Stephen M. Merkowitz,Philip W. Dabney,Jeffrey C. Livas,Jan F. McGarry,Gregory A. Neumann,Thomas W. Zagwodzki
Physics , 2007, DOI: 10.1142/S0218271807011565
Abstract: More precise lunar and Martian ranging will enable unprecedented tests of Einstein's theory of General Relativity and well as lunar and planetary science. NASA is currently planning several missions to return to the Moon, and it is natural to consider if precision laser ranging instruments should be included. New advanced retroreflector arrays at carefully chosen landing sites would have an immediate positive impact on lunar and gravitational studies. Laser transponders are currently being developed that may offer an advantage over passive ranging, and could be adapted for use on Mars and other distant objects. Precision ranging capability can also be combined with optical communications for an extremely versatile instrument. In this paper we discuss the science that can be gained by improved lunar and Martian ranging along with several technologies that can be used for this purpose.
A Critique of Recent Criticisms of Freud on Religious Belief  [PDF]
Thomas W Smythe
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2011.11002
Abstract: The paper is a critique of recent criticisms of Sigmund Freud’s theory that religion is based on wishful thinking. The criticisms made by authors such as Alvin Plantinga, John Hick, William P. Alston, William Rowe, and Merol Westphal are critically examined. I defend Freud’s critique of religion as a satisfaction of our deepest desires for a heavenly father showing inductively that those desires render religious belief as unlikely to be true.
My Body: Is It Me?  [PDF]
Thomas W. Smythe
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2012.23027
Abstract: In this paper I will take the term “my” in the phrase “my body” to be typically used to refer to the self or person whose body it is. This raises a problem for materialism over how a body can own or have itself. I will articulate some ways in which we are and are not related to our bodies, and try to undo the linquistic knot of a body owning itself.
Kant on Self-Awareness  [PDF]
Thomas W. Smythe
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.34077
Abstract: This paper has three main parts. First, I discuss Kant on self-awareness in terms of inner sense, why he failed to make this account coherent, and why he failed to give such an account. Second, I give two reasons why such an account is bound to be inadequate. In the last section, I discuss another attempt Kant was tempted to give in terms of transcendental self-awareness involving a nonsensory intuitive perception that helps solve some of his problems.
An Investigation of the Effect of the Swamping Phenomenon on Several Block Procedures for Multiple Outliers in Univariate Samples  [PDF]
Thomas W. Woolley
Open Journal of Statistics (OJS) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojs.2013.35035

In its broadest sense, this paper reviews the general outlier problem, the means available for addressing the discordancy (or lack thereof) of an outlier (or outliers), and possible strategies for dealing with them. Two alternate approaches to the multiple outlier problem, consecutive and block testing, and their respective inherent weaknesses, masking and swamping, are discussed. In addition, the relative susceptibility of several tests for outliers in normal samples to the swamping phenomena is reported.

Voluntary Control of Desire  [PDF]
Thomas W. Smythe
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2016.61010
Abstract: In this paper, I will investigate whether there is any way in which our desires or wants are under our voluntary control. I shall argue that even if our desires are not under our voluntary control, there are still significantly many cases in which we can properly be blamed, praised, or upbraided for having certain desires.
The Changing of the Gods: Religion, Religious Transformation and the Indian Immigrant Experience  [PDF]
Thomas W. Segady, Swati Shirwadkar
Sociology Mind (SM) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/sm.2012.24055
Abstract: The Durkheimian notion that there is a close correspondence between the type of religion within a society and the structure of the society itself is now taken to be nearly axiomatic. As societies become increasingly dynamic and fragmented, however, the nexus between religion and society becomes far more complex. With globalization and widespread movements of populations struggling to maintain their identities within the contexts of both the old and new societies, changes of religion—including religious affiliation and religiosity—are inevitable. Cultural and social aspects of these changes are explored with reference to Indians migrating to the United States.
De mythe van de Spaanse inquisitie in de Nederlanden van de zestiende eeuw
W. Thomas
BMGN : Low Countries Historical Review , 1990,
Y. Rodríguez Pérez, De Tachtigjarige Oorlog in Spaanse ogen. De Nederlanden in Spaanse historische en literaire teksten (circa 1548-1673)
W. Thomas
BMGN : Low Countries Historical Review , 2004,
J. Tulkens, In de ban van Mohammed. Het levensverhaal van de Diestenaar Nicolaes Cleynaerts, een 16de-eeuwse humanist en islamkenner. Een historische reconstructie
W. Thomas
BMGN : Low Countries Historical Review , 1995,
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