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September 22, 2014

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2:30 AM | Don’t you get tired of this?
I have seen so much of this lately: And this: And in so many cases when we challenge this cherry-picking and confirmation bias we get this:

September 19, 2014

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9:59 PM | Friday Cephalopod: I was making mud pies!
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September 17, 2014

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9:04 PM | El pez que camina
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 17 de septiembre  de 2014Es un lugar común, cuando se habla de evolución, mencionar cómo los peces “desarrollaron patas para salir del agua”. Incluso, el famoso “Darwin fish”, un pez similar al usado como símbolo del catolicismo, pero con patas, se ha convertido en un ícono de la lucha del […]
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3:30 PM | Sterben ist ein Menschenrecht
Gerade hat Belgien einen weiteren Schritt in Richtung Humanität getan und den Abstand zum ohnehin abgehängten Deutschland noch weiter vergrößert aber auch verdeutlicht: in Belgien erhielt nun ein psychisch schwer und unheilbar kranker Häftling das Recht zu sterben. Er darf seinem Leben unter ärztlicher Überwachung selbst ein Ende setzen, obgleich sein körperlicher Zustand ein Weiterleben…
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2:28 AM | It’s time we did something about sugar
I saw this image in the paper: Sheiham, A., & James, W. P. T. (2014). A reappraisal of the quantitative relationship between sugar intake and dental caries: the need for new criteria for developing goals for sugar intake. BMC Public … Continue reading →

September 15, 2014

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2:25 AM | Crude dredging of the scientific literature
I am always amazed at how some people will crudely misrepresent the scientific literature in their efforts to pretend their particular political agenda is scientifically valid. The way they will dredge the scientific literature searching for studies they can quote and … Continue reading →

September 12, 2014

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11:31 AM | Friday Cephalopod: The stars will be in alignment on 16 September; the Great Old One will rise
Prepare yourself. The Te Papa Museum of New Zealand has a new specimen locked in a vault: a colossal squid that will be thawed and dissected (they think!) on streaming video. Here is the necromantic chamber. Wait! No protective runes, no array of emergency thuribles, no pentagram, no mysterious idols of jade and obsidian? This…
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3:55 AM | Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent”
The international anti-fluoride movement seems somewhat pre-occupied with thew situation in New Zealand.  In the last few months they have unleashed their “big guns” to attack two publications from local scientific researchers.  First was their attempt to discredit the paper Broadbent, … Continue reading →

September 11, 2014

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12:55 PM | Chatbots are boring. They aren’t AI.
You know I’m a bit sour on the whole artificial intelligence thing. It’s not that I think natural intelligences are anything more than natural constructions, or that I think building a machine that thinks is impossible — it’s that most of the stories from AI researchers sound like jokes. Jon Ronson takes a tour of…
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11:16 AM | De Waarde van een Mensenleven – Het Gruwelijke Lot van Mohamed Aadan
Mohamed Aadan stierf niet op 9/11 in het WTC, Pentagon of in één van de vliegtuigen. In die zin was hij geen slachtoffer van 9/11. Hij was toen namelijk al dood. Zijn gruwelijke lot heeft niets met dat 9/11 te maken, maar toch verdient hij de aandacht.

September 10, 2014

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4:14 PM | La falacia del especialista
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 10 de septiembre  de 2014La divulgación científica es la labor de compartir la cultura científica con un público voluntario y no especialista.La ciencia en su forma bruta, como es producida por investigadores científicos y publicada en revistas especializadas, luego de un riguroso arbitraje por colegas, es […]
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2:39 AM | MH17 – Preliminary report leaves most conspiracy theories intact
Click on image above, or link below, to download report I downloaded the official Preliminary report of the MH17 crash in east Ukraine last night. I must say that although the report appears comprehensive as far as it goes – it doesn’t … Continue reading →

September 09, 2014

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2:13 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Thrippy
You’ve just got to love the word “thrip”.

September 08, 2014

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4:18 PM | Wurde Jack the Ripper endlich entlarvt?
Jack the Ripper war DER Serienmörder schlechthin. Mysteriös, brutal, gerissen und vor allem letztlich ungefasst soll er gesagt haben: „Eines Tages wird man zurückblicken und erkennen, dass ich das 20. Jahrhundert eingeläutet habe.“   Es gibt unzählige Theorien und Hypothesen zu seiner wahren Identität, seinen Motiven, seiner Psychopathie und diese wurden in ebenso zahlreichen Filmen, Serien,…

September 06, 2014

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11:58 PM | Do you prefer dental fluorosis or tooth decay?
Anti-fluoride propagandists often use the incidence of dental fluorosis as an argument against community water fluoridation. However, they exaggerate the problem by misrepresenting the issue in two ways: 1: They present the issue as if the figures for the incidence … Continue reading →

September 05, 2014

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7:52 PM | Friday Cephalopod: I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle
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4:13 PM | I get cranky about bad science to drive away intellectually deficient partners
That’s my hypothesis, and I’m sticking to it. My obnoxious, curmudgeonly ways must be an adaptation, selected by evolution over many generations to optimize my mating opportunities by forcing stupid people to flee from my presence. Hey, that’s as good as the explanation that PMS evolved to drive away infertile mates, don’t you think? I…
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2:44 AM | Emotion Drives Decision
Image Credit: Gaping Void So true.  

September 04, 2014

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3:30 PM | Rundgang durch die ForGe
Manchmal, wenn am Ende eines dieser desillusionierenden „Echt? Wie bei CSI? Nein!“- Gespräche noch echtes Interesse an der Wirklichkeit übrig geblieben ist, versuche ich, zu erklären und zu beschreiben, wie es denn wirklich bei uns im Labor zugeht und aussieht. Zugegeben, wir haben nur gute, helle statt mysteriös angebläute Beleuchtung, dafür wissen wir aber auch…
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1:28 PM | A fish, a rabbit — same thing, to a creationist
JBS Haldane is said to have responded to a question about how evolution could be disproved by saying, “A Precambrian rabbit”. What was meant by this, of course, is any substantial discovery that greatly disrupted the evidence for the chronological pattern of descent observed in Earth’s life. That pattern of descent is one of the…

September 03, 2014

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3:30 PM | Ausbildung zum Medium
Medium werden Der Workshop für Schreiberlinge,  Netzwerksüchtel, Audio-Nerds – und Noobs, die es werden wollen! _________ Ich gestatte mir ein bißchen Werbung in eigener Sache: am 25.-26.10.2014 veranstalten wir in Bochum einen zweitägigen Workshop zur Nutzung und Bedienung moderner Medien und Medienformate. Zusammen mit Claudia Graneis, Sebastian Bartoschek, Julia Groß, Sven Rudloff und A.&.A Waschkau…
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3:13 PM | ¿Ciencia o religión?
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 3 de septiembre  de 2014Un adulto le arroja una pelotita a un niño de 3 años y éste la atrapa sin mayor esfuerzo. Un mono ve una rama demasiado delgada y duda en saltar a ella desde un árbol cercano.Ambos son animales capaces de predecir, limitadamente, el futuro. El niño proyecta la trayectoria que seguirá […]
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7:30 AM | No such thing as Islamophobia
Five reasons why there is no such thing as Islamophobia. Really there isn't. Really.
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5:00 AM | Ingested fluoride, dental health and old age
When we who are chronologically challenged get together we often discuss health – and sometimes compare notes.  But, strangely, I have never heard people discuss their dental health. Don’t know why, but I started to wonder if I was the … Continue reading →

September 02, 2014

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8:39 PM | Supernatural believers see minds at work behind random patterns
“Theory of Mind” is the term used to describe the mental ability to put yourself inside the mind of someone else – to imagine what it is that they are thinking. Recently, there’s been some evidence that people who do not have a strong theory of mind are more likely to be atheists.For example, studies have found that autistic-spectrum people are more likely to be non-believers, and maybe also atheists' preferences for video games could be connected. The basic suggestion […]
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2:04 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Spongy
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September 01, 2014

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2:41 AM | August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
  Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was … Continue reading →

August 31, 2014

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3:47 PM | Homosexuality and evolution
I made the mistake of reading some of the comments on those last youtube videos. There were some good ones, but they were also laced with the usual grunting assholes complaining about gays and “trannies” and quoting the Bible and making racist remarks about Africans. Let us pass over those contemptible arguments; there’s no dealing…
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11:15 AM | Symposium: Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner
Antropoloog zoekt maatschappelijke partner - Kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit – 3 september 2014 Aanleiding Er is onder antropologen een toenemende aandacht voor kennisdeling buiten de muren van de universiteit. Antropologische blogs,...
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3:03 AM | Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates … Continue reading →
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