Category Archives: Science and the World

Pop science and the basis of life

There is a… thing. An exhaustive critique would be… exhausting.  But I can’t let this go completely untouched either.  So I’ll compromise with highlighting some of the most egregiously wrong parts. Living systems are uniquely characterized by two-way flows of … Continue reading

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The Divergent Effects of Heaven and Hell

One of the earliest lessons that I learned about religion that didn’t come from religion was that you can’t trust a priest. This is not to say that there are no priests who deserve trust; I mean it rather in … Continue reading

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Abortion

(via MoveOn*) There are alot of things which should not be political but are. Issues where the opinions of morality, justice or even physics do not weigh evenly on both sides. The reason that these issues become political is very … Continue reading

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Proportions

P.Z. Myers has brought a thing to my attention: I have two comments on this (source). The first is that, irrespective of the obvious point (with which I am thoroughly amused), putting geologic time in perspective is awesome. The second … Continue reading

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In defense of drugs

So I gets this comment on a little rant I tossed out a while ago about the absurdity of people who tell you that your table salt is full of glass. and maybe next you can give us your opinion … Continue reading

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Water is Forgetful

Homeopathy is a truly noxious bit of pseudoscience. To metaphorically refer to it as snake oil would be an affront to snake oil salesmen who, after all, at least provide a putatively edible substance in return for their extraordinary fees. … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as Wheat

I noticed a couple of secondary media sources talking about this study today. It’s interesting in part because non-linear temperature responses and threshold temperatures are a really cool thing in biology. More importantly it is interesting because a lot of … Continue reading

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