Amy Harmon on Twitter argues that any suggestion that disgraced geneticist James Watson is being persecuted for heresy like Galileo was are unfounded, because instead of speaking truth to power based on evidence, Watson has been making evidence-free claims in service of power. She’s right, of course.
It’s another episode of “Interesting stuff I’m reading”: Answers in Genesis refuses God’s command and Ken Ham should repent (from Answers in Leviticus Les Paul Youtube Friday an old Crooked Timber post rounding up music by Les Paul, pioneer of the electric guitar and multitracking, who died this week aged 94. One they missed, at […]
Chad Orzel at Uncertain Principles has started what looks like a series of posts on the physics of fairy tales. The first one, The Faulty Thermodynamics of Children’s Stories, discusses the bowls of porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears: After all, the Papa Bear, being the biggest, presumably has the largest bowl of porridge. […]
… but as the real thing is two days late already and I’ve not heard from Adam about what his plans are, I’ve decided to post the links that were placed in comments to his calls for links or that were sent to me by mistake. Last time we spoke, Adam did say he got […]
Waffle will be hosting the 23 April edition of the Skeptic’s Circle, a blog carnival dedicated to science and skepticism. Please send any submissions (blog posts and the like) to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in a reply to this post.
Larry Sanger, part-founder of Wikipedia, wrote in 2001: How are we to write articles about pseudoscientific topics, about which majority scientific opinion is that the pseudoscientific opinion is not credible and doesn’t even really deserve serious mention? If we’re going to represent the sum total of “human knowledge”–of what we believe we know, essentially–then we […]
Via PZ “I bought you a sacred host but I trasheded it” Myers comes this book meme: from the list of popular science books below, highlight which ones you’ve read. It’s making me feel like an ignoramus; even with the expanded list suggested by PZ, I don’t get very far at all: 1. Micrographia, Robert […]