I often check Fox News online to get the conservative slant on news. Poor as it might be, the comments are ten times worse. Here are some from their March for Science reporting. These people are a joke. The problem with ignorance is that ignorant people are too ignorant to know they are ignorant. Such […]
Mother Jones has a really interesting article on how our beliefs block new information: Pre-existing beliefs, far more than new facts, skew our thoughts. Feelings arise before conscious thoughts and color them. Confirmation bias gives more weight to facts that match our existing beliefs. Beliefs are adjusted to match the audience.
Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog, so I’ll celebrate with a bunch of random items. Interesting post suggesting that the creation of life can be explained in thermodynamic terms. A great series of old John Cleese commercials for Compaq. Can you blow smoke rings? If you don’t follow xkcd, perhaps you should.
In my woodworking days I learned how to sharpen knives on a stone, so when invited to Thanksgiving or Christmas, I would offer to sharpen the host’s knives. The offer was always well received, but such a high proportion of cooks promptly cut themselves accidentally that I now don’t offer, or add a severe caveat. […]
Let us consider what the domain of science covers. There is a hierarchy in science arranged like a tree: physics, chemistry, geology, biochemistry, biology. Each one is constrained by the rules of its parent, yet at the same time exhibits behaviors that go beyond those of the parent. But physics is itself the child of […]