Happy Halloween!

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Predicting the Future

I love this cartoon from the New Yorker. This is precisely the problem with predictive prophecy. If it were to be specific about the distant future, it would be incomprehensible. But because it consistently lacks such information, it is unimpressively vague. There is no way things could be otherwise, is there – regardless of whether [Read More…]

Crossfire, Indeed!

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I’m a Professor

I saw the above on the Facebook page S@!t Academics Say, which also shared this example of what a professor really did: put a photo of himself on his door so that students may think they are talking to him when they aren’t! Also of interest, via the same page – this PHD comic about [Read More…]

That’s a Fact

From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs [Read More…]

Who’s On First (Rock and Roll Edition)

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Data

from XKCD. See also the more recent cartoon on where birds go when it rains.   [Read more…]

The Five Stages of Peer Review

Via @!$! Academics Say on Facebook [Read more…]

For the Sake of Argument

From XKCD. HT Marc Cortez and PZ Myers [Read more…]

Homeopathy Mart

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