Monthly Archives: October 2013

Of Politics and Plagiarism

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy So, Rand Paul plagiarized some passages from the Wikipedia entry on Gattaca (and earlier plagiarized some bits from the entry on Stand and Deliver). As sins of politicians … Continue reading

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The spectrum between delusions and cons

Consider the following video of a master of chi who can knock opponents over without even touching them. When I see something like this I usually wonder just how much of it is intentional fakery and how much is self … Continue reading

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Dowsing for Water, Gold, and Bombs

Dowsing is an ancient practice that used chiefly to try to find water, but people also use it to search for metals and various other objects. It’s easy to find YouTube demonstrations of dowsing. Here‘s one such lesson: Here‘s someone … Continue reading

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Dragons over England!!!

It seems that a real live dragon has been caught on video flying over Truro England. (Story here.) It seems (to my eye) to fly rather oddly, but perhaps that’s due to being filled with highly combustible gas of some … Continue reading

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Having money boosts IQ

A new study shows that worrying about money taxes our brain, and makes it harder to think well. When people are poor, they are “coping with not just a shortfall of money, but also with a concurrent shortfall of cognitive … Continue reading

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When Continental Drift Was Pseudoscience

The Smithsonian Magazine has a nice article entitled “When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience.” It is noteworthy that the “continental displacement” (as Alfred Wegener labeled his view in 1912) was considered a crackpot theory for decades. It was only “in … Continue reading

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Bad Science Journalism

@bengoldacre another one categorised (via Private Eye) http://t.co/gnsf9yMaYR— George Preston (@YourLocalGP) October 07, 2013 What more is there to say?

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