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Can We Go Back to Where No Man Has Gone Before?

So the Internet has been set afire with the news that CBS is planning to produce a new Star Trek television series that will air in 2017. That’s it. That’s the announcement. There is maddeningly little information about the premise of the new series or its creative direction, except that it will be produced by […]

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Everything Gives You Cancer

I am shocked, shocked to discover that the claim that eating “processed meats” will give you cancer is a load of bunk. The assertion was made last week in a new report from the WHO, the World Health Organization. From some press reports, you would get the idea that eating bacon is just like smoking […]

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The Varieties of Scientific Experience

Some years ago, a posthumous collection of Carl Sagan essays were published under the title The Varieties of Scientific Experience. The title was a play on William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience. Despite his popularity among today’s atheists, Sagan was more of a pantheist, equating God with the universe, and his essays were an […]

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“The Martian” and the Earthlings

There’s one question everyone I know is asking about the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian: Did they mess it up? The book became a surprise self-published bestseller by drawing on a detailed and realistic understanding of the actual science and technology of space transportation—an outstanding example of “hard sci-fi“—to propel a suspenseful […]

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Cognitive Scientist, Heal Thyself

The journal Science just published a blockbuster report from the Reproducibility Project led by University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek. The group examined 100 prominent psychology research papers and made an exhaustive effort to independently reproduce their findings. The results were eye-opening, not just for the field of psychology, but also in light of […]

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The Theory That Predicts Nothing and Explains Everything

A lot of us having been pointing out one of the big problems with the global warming theory: a long plateau in global temperatures since about 1998. Most significantly, this leveling off was not predicted by the theory, and observed temperatures have been below the lowest end of the range predicted by all of the […]

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What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming

Recently, Reason‘s Ronald Bailey asked what it would take to convince conservatives and libertarians that global warming is real. If generally rising temperatures, decreasing diurnal temperature differences, melting glacial and sea ice, smaller snow extent, stronger rainstorms, and warming oceans are not enough to persuade you that man-made climate [change] is occurring, what evidence would […]

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The Most Dishonest Year on Record

Last week, according to our crackerjack mainstream media, NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year, like, ever. No, really. The New York Times began its report with: “Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history.” Well, not really. As we’re about to see, this is a claim that dissolves on contact with actual […]

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Bill Nye the Anti-Science Guy

I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually […]

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Global Warming, Mass Extinction, and Bigfoot

The earth is warming and we’re all gonna die! Is that a crude, exaggerated caricature of global warming alarmism? Yes, and it’s also the actual claim global warming alarmists are making. I can’t help it if they’ve become caricatures of themselves. Hence the latest dire warning that we are, indeed, all going to die. Specifically, […]

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