Last year, I made brief and horrible fun of the foil wrappers they put on bottles of bubble solution. I snarkily asked whether there was a terrorist plot to inject bubble bottles with cyanide. In a comment, the ever-thoughtful John Stracke suggested that “it probably improves the shelf life, by keeping air out better than [...]
Its dust jacket declares Daniel Kehlmann’s novel Measuring the World to be “this season’s The Name of the Rose“. I find a closer affinity between the German novel (translated into English by Carol Brown Janeway) and Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Eco’s The Name of the Rose and Kehlmann’s Measuring the World are [...]
Rather than try to argue that scientific evidence doesn’t support the idea of human-caused global climate change, Paul Broun has simply tried to stop scientific research from taking place. His position on climate science is that the science itself ought to go away, because it keeps on interfering with his belief that human-caused climate change does not exist. [...]
This is akin to setting two pendulums swinging at a certain rate, then shipping one to China and the other to Nebraska, then changing the rate of the Chinese pendulum’s swing, and seeing the Nebraskan pendulum change its rate of swinging at exactly the same time. [...]
This morning, another person who also goes by the name of Jim left this comment to a post regarding data on Arctic sea ice extent collected by the National Snow and Ice Data Center:
OK, all this data must be considered faulty because the National Snow and Ice Data Center now admits their sensor has [...]
Charles Darwin found a meaning in life and a meaning in death, and a meaning in the recreation of life. Furthermore, he based his search for this meaning not on hallucinations or imaginations, but on the facts of the world as he explored it. [...]
82 percent of the earth scientists surveyed concurred with the statement that human activity been a significant factor in global warming. Among those “climatologists who are active in research”, that number rises to 97 percent. [...]
If you’ve participated in an event as part of a New Year Reality Revival, I’d like to hear about your experience, and your thoughts about the idea. [...]
Global warming. Global warming. Global warming.
There. I said it, and it needs to be said. Web sites like Right Side News continue to make the claim that the Earth is undergoing global cooling:
“The year 2008 marked the tenth consecutive year of no global warming. This is not widely reported or known. In fact [...]
Writing for the New York Times, Olivia Judson observed yesterday that more than one luminary’s birth has been pegged to the day of December 25: Isaac Newton was also born on that day, at least under the older Julian calendar. That makes today Isaac Newton Eve.
Judson somewhat jeeringly suggests that supporters of science [...]
A point in Nader’s favor: The other campaigns apparently don’t think that atheists are worth speaking with, even in terms of important political issues. [...]