Category: Science

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6 Ways to Boost False Hopes

Leading to ultimate disappointment. I’ve never heard of Dave Asprey. But AskMen thinks he has valuable ideas about fitness. Before I send you over to read it, I’m going to let you know that he doesn’t. Dave Asprey’s 6 Best Muscle Growth Hacks are garbage. The worst part, though, is that you’ve all...

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Michael Crichton was a Boss

Now that the election is over, I think I deserve a reward for all my restraint. So, I’m creating this post so I can be just a little politically annoying to my Facebook friends. Michael Crichton, author of nightmares (Jurassic Park, Sphere, the Andromeda Strain), action (Congo, Twister), and sexual...

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RePost: How to Solve Problems

In Cultural Literacy E.D. Hirsch discusses the importance of a wealth of shared background knowledge in teaching in learning. “The more you know, the more you can learn.” He argues that as you acquire information—even through simple memorization—you create frameworks, or “schemata”, for integrating future learning. The more schemata you...

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Secondhand Smoke Stole My Wallet

I love reading Michael Crichton’s speeches about science and global warming. He blows me away. recently I’ve been reading “Aliens Cause Global Warming“, which has a lot to say about scientific “consensus” and junk science. Included is this statement about secondhand smoke: In 1993, the EPA announced that second-hand smoke...

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Repost: They Can’t Be Serious

Originially posted December 14, 2007 Yesterday the New York Times Science section and today Good Morning America reported on a new study that came out in Nature: “Why Pregnant Women Don’t Tip Over”. Now, I don’t subscribe to the journal, so I don’t know if that’s the title of the...

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Misusing Binet

Alfred Binet, a self-taught psychologist, created the scale which is now one of the best known measures of intelligence. In 1904 a French child psychology society began looking into determining which students would qualify for special education, and Binet – who had “published more than 200 books, articles, and reviews...