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The March for Science drinking game

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:35:23 +0000

Toiling too long in a clean lab, micromanaging the lives of mice, can really put stress on a person. Something like that might have happened to the poor sot who wrote us the following, outlining a Drinking Game, to help get through March for Science coverage on the lunchroom TV: The “March for Science” Drinking […]



Reflecting on the March for Science after the death of reason

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:32:48 +0000

  From Denyse O’Leary (O’Leary for News) at MercatorNet: Croatian philosopher of science and politics Neven Sesardic (b. 1949) retired from Lingnan University, Hong Kong, in 2015. He wrote a book shortly thereafter, When Reason Goes on Holiday: Philosophers in Politics (Encounter Books, 2016). He was wise to wait till he had his pension… He […]



That didn’t take long: Darwin’s man Jerry Coyne defends zombie science

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:12:00 +0000

Of course, he allows us to know, he did not read Jonathan Wells’ book, Zombie Science: I will be accused of having “reviewed” Wells’s book here without having read it, but this isn’t a review: it’s a notice that a scientifically rejected charlatan has published another book, and has even issued a “teaser trailer” for […]



Wikipedia founder wades into the fake war on fake news

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:56 +0000

From Alex Hern at the Guardian: Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign. Wales intends to cover general […]



Futurism: Science should be wary of exploring links between minds and quantum phenomena

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:43:11 +0000

From Karla Lant at Futurism: The revelation that observing and measuring quantum effects changes their behavior is troubling, but it also suggests to many people that consciousness itself is part of quantum theory. Moreover, as humans creating AI that, for all its achievements still can’t master some of the things that come so easily to […]



These vids certainly show a different side to Bill Nye…

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:29:52 +0000

And won’t likely help his reputation: My Sex Junk is a message to the world about sexuality. We can probably miss the one where ice cream cones discover sex. Pop science is no match for identity politics, as we might have guessed. Someone asks, does Nye has a future as the ”Pee Wee Herman of […]



Where did language come from?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:06:24 +0000

Novelist Cormac McCarthy at Nautilus: There are influential persons among us—of whom a bit more a bit later—who claim to believe that language is a totally evolutionary process. That it has somehow appeared in the brain in a primitive form and then grown to usefulness. Somewhat like vision, perhaps. But vision we now know is […]



March for Science: Sagan fan on how the “Carl Sagan” culture ruined science

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:32:03 +0000

From Robert Tracinski at the Federalist: I am a Carl Sagan fan from way back. His 1980 TV miniseries “Cosmos” hit me at just the right age and inflamed a lifelong love of science. But we’ve had nearly 40 years to assess the long-term effects and see how Sagan unwittingly contributed to a trend that […]



Suck it up Buttercup: On Leftist History of Science Denialism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:26:13 +0000

Refusing To Believe Early Progressives Loved Eugenics Will Not Erase The Horrible Truth After seeing the end result [of pushing eugenics in the early 20th century] in the Holocaust, progressives naturally sought to bury their connection to this genocidal concept, and succeeded in doing so, at least when they can discredit conservatives who persist in mentioning […]



Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:30:24 +0000

“an American scholar whose rigorous writings over a half century have made theism – the belief in a divine reality or god – a serious option within academic philosophy” Here: — Tuesday, 25-April-2017 WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – Alvin Plantinga, an American scholar whose rigorous writings over a half century have made theism – the belief […]