Health care, Les Paul, Answers in Leviticus and the Rwandan genocide

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 …

Fairy-tale physics, plus laying the ‘cheese-eating surrender monkey’ meme to rest and putting a bit heavy tombstone on it so it won’t crawl out

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. …

This is not the Skeptic’s Circle post…

… 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 …

[Adam Cuerden] Citizendium: The Encyclopedia only pro-Homeopathy editors can edit

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 …

Pop-sci meme: what books have you read?

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 …

I guess it depends on perspective

PZ Myers on the recent breakthrough in stem cell research that allows for the transformation of adult human cells into something approaching the capacities of stem cells: This discovery is probably going to become a political football in short order, with the far right politicians who have restricted American research into embryonic stem cells claiming …

Beer and morons – Two items worth reading

First: Beer! Crooked Timber’s pet contrarian, Daniel Davies, writes In Praise of Budweiser in which he argues that the much-reviled American beer is a perfectly tasty product, not a ripoff of Budvar beer and by any criteria every bit as good as any British Real Ale. He discusses its history, its recipe, the merits of …