From the States: Happy New Year!

I've been assured, by someone who claims to live in a time zone in which it is already 2012, that rogue nano-assemblers are NOT destroying civilization at the stroke of midnight. Also, the nano-assemblers are NOT on fire, creating a fiery destructive holocaust for all life as we know it. Repeat, this is NOT happening. Go about your day. Continue to purchase goods and services. Drink hearty tonight when you go out to celebrate.Do not think about the flaming, rogue nano-assemblers, probably … [Read more...]

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts.With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.”But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m an atheist and a skeptic, which usually appli … [Read more...]

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts.With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.”But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m an atheist and a skeptic, which usually appli … [Read more...]

Thoughts on the History of Broken Glass

Did you know they used to make baby bottles out of glass?They did.Amazing, isn’t it? You’ve got this item that, when dropped, shatters into razor-sharp and needle-sharp fragments, glass shards which are virtually invisible in low light, but capable of cutting deep enough to sever tendons, nerves, major arteries. Hell, every silver screen bar fight aficionado knows you can make a closely similar bottle into a deadly weapon simply by whacking it on a nearby chair. … [Read more...]

Phil Plait: Where the Sun Never Sets

Worth repeating, Phil Plait's sterling words from 2005: In April, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth. … [Read more...]

Phil Plait: Where the Sun Never Sets

Worth repeating, Phil Plait's sterling words from 2005: In April, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth. … [Read more...]


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