Moving the First and Second Amendment
Friday, Jun 17, 2016 10:50AM
"Our rights should not be taken away or altered because of a select few!"
Am I talking about gun rights or freedom to be Muslim? Both are being called into question in light of the Orlando massacre. At a cursory glance, this controversy may feel like a conflict between the first two amendments of our constitution. Some of us want to ban a class of firearms that is capable of mowing down large numbers of people over short range and in confined spaces. Some of us want to ban the religious... [more]
Opening Closed Primaries is Unconstitutional
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 1:03PM
Lately, there has been far too much bitching about how the primary elections are being held. I hear demands that closed primaries should be outlawed. I hear that super delegates are not democratic. I hear demands that political parties should be outlawed. I hear demands for a third party. When the DNC chairwoman recently declared that she would close all primaries, there was an explosion of misplaced outrage. The problem is this: political parties are private organizations, not government... [more]
Stop Pretending You Understand Science
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 11:38AM
If you think peer review is something that can be shilled and, thus, science isn't reliable, you do not know how the system works. Peer review is structured to weed out bias by design and profit bias is no more effective at puncturing it. Peer review forces you to tip your hand. If you publish bad data that is not repeatable by your peers, it doesn't get selected for publishing. If the journal makes an error and publishes it anyway (which happens), other experts can and do continue... [more]
Why I Left The Zeitgeist Movement by Matt Berkowitz
Monday, Feb 23, 2015 10:20AM
Matt Berkowitz, former coordinator for the Zeitgeist Movement, explains the movement's lack of organizational structure, its tendency to attract pseudoscience pushers, and the failings of its founder. Matt also officially announces his science literacy channel. [more]
Seneff Defender Demands Retraction
Friday, Jan 16, 2015 10:10AM
This is fun. I sort of feel like one of the big boys when crazies start e-mailing me with demands. I don't usually like giving crazies attention, but I would like to offer a standing pre-emptive response to anyone who takes time out of their day to send me one of these.
Hmm, let me consider that for a moment ... NO! Thank you and good night. Just reading this, I can feel how desperate this person is to shore up his or her preconceived notions. This person has a pseudo-science position he... [more]
The meaning of "human"
Monday, Jan 12, 2015 3:28PM
A fascinating paper was released in Nature in November and the science noobs are already getting it wrong. The writers over at Ancient-origins.net have demonstrated a discrepancy in their understanding of basic biology.
far more significant was the finding that they also mated with a mystery species from Asia – one that is neither human nor Neanderthal.
Hold on there, big guy. A small correction is needed here. If someone tried to understand this as it is worded, some might start... [more]
Coke Kills Insects in India
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 10:39AM
Chemophobic naturopaths are so inconsistent that they can't even believe their own bullshit.
Yes, soft drinks are used for controlling pestilent insects in India and other places. The critical detail that these fuck heads are leaving out is that the soft drinks are not used as poisons. Sugary liquids are effective at attracting predatory ants. Who'd'a' thunk it!? When amassed in numbers, these ants feed on insect larva, effectively keeping the crop-eating pestilent insects at a low... [more]
Richard Dawkins and Categorizing Rape
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:52AM
Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster, what a goddamn pseudo-controversy from stupid people! Richard Dawkins is getting some heat from people for making a few questionable tweets involving rape and under what circumstances the experience is worse.
The point is simple enough to me. Am I the only one who reads Dawkins' statement and understands them as mere variables in an overarching concept? If you remove the example of rape, you are left with the point that I suggest Dawkins was trying to make.... [more]