Reality Boats

20 08 2010

I sort of wish Get up would spend their funds putting non-partisan and worthy public education advertisements like this one on TV rather than random Abbott quotes.

(That said, this one was pretty good too)

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Did You Know: First Edition (?)

10 04 2010

I can't believe it's not Canada

Have I done one of these before?

Some miscellaneous facts that I have uncovered across Wikipedia:

My current “Did You Know” factbox is on my public Wikispace.

Image credit: Canada Bay by Just For Fun – Jason on Flickr (CC A-NC)





Laws of denialism: The facts-to-rage ratio

7 03 2009

An interesting analysis on denialism from the latest Annals of Improbable Research (Mini-AIR):

2009-03-05 Global Warming Nutshell Sheet, and the F/R Ratio

Investigator Grover Winthrop composed a handy “in-a-nutshell study sheet” for scientists who are confused by the great debate about global warming.

Winthrop writes: “People tell me there’s a debate about global warming. Yet these days I don’t meet any any competent scientists who see it as a debate. So here – for my colleagues – is a guide to what people mean when they tell us there is a debate:

  1. Global warming is not happening
  2. It causes no problems
  3. It’s not caused by human engineering
  4. Whatever problems it causes are easily solved by engineering.

“What we are seeing here,” enthuses Winthrop, “is the birth ofsome new kind of logic. It’s fascinating.”

Investigator Daniele Ramos, too, has been fascinated by reports that there is a debate. She alerts us to a simple tool she uses to analyze the debaters’ arguments. Ramos writes: “The arguments I’ve heard and read (saying there’s no global warming problem) nearly always have a very low F/R ratio. The F/R ratio – the ‘Facts-to-Rage ratio’ – was invented (I think) by the journalist Josh Marshall. As soon as I find myself in a discussion with someone whose argument has a very low F/R ratio,I relax and simply enjoy the spectacle. It does wonders for my stress level.”

Does this mean global warming deniers are spouting “hot air”.





Shave the Beagle!

14 02 2009

One more Darwin Day gripe.

Darwin, for much of early voyaging and discovering did not have a beard!

Promotions like the one at Bristol Zoo are doing it wrong!

Thanks to the photographic evidence available we know he kept himself shaved until the 1860s.

When he first published the Origin in 1859/1860 he looked like this:

Decidedly not looking like Santa Claus.

Image: Public domain. Hosted at Wikimedia Commons.

Oh, and while we are talking Beagles – if you haven’t seen it before The Beagle Project 2009





Cheap Bathtub Biker Speed

10 10 2008

GO SCIENCE!

Does it really say that?

LYRICS





denialism blog : Cancer 101

17 09 2008

denialism blog : Cancer 101

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*update* so it works like that





Taking theories

5 08 2008

Hat tip to PZ.

People wonder why we make fun of New Zealand (Okay its American craetards trying to shlock their crap on NZ).

Focus on the Family goes out of its way to show that they really don’t give a shit about any sense of honest scientific discussion:

Science takes a theory and tries to establish it as the truth.

THAT IS NOT WHAT SCIENCE DOES.

This is the religious frame of thinking.

Science does not try to establish anything as one “truth”. Science may be about facts, but its moreso about the evidence.

If your evidence does not back up your facts, you need to think about some new facts

Creationists instead decide to ignore any evidence that doesn’t back up their predetermined results, and just keep hammering out their message of ignorance is bliss.

It does irritate you mightily that media will publish absolute trite like this from a creatard as if they are some sort of authority on what science actually is.