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The Great Intellectual Garbage Patch

Why should we all be skeptical about doomsday claims about global warming? Well, there are a lot of reasons. But from now on, I can sum it all up in one simple phrase: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was an environmentalist scare that became a bit of a trend from the late 1990s through […]

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Carbon Offsets for Book Burning

The Portland public school board is going to need to buy some carbon offsets to compensate for their new book-burning campaign. Well, OK, they’re not planning to actually burn the books, so they’re in the clear on the emissions. Perhaps they will use a more ecologically sensitive solution like composting. Either way, the Politically Incorrect […]

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The Phantom Menace (of Global Warming)

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2015 and reviewing my own coverage of them. We’ll start the countdown with #5, which is the least important of the big stories because it’s not about something that’s actually happening. […]

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Bill Nye the Propaganda Guy

You have no doubt come across the type of people who proclaim that they loooooove science. Why, they don’t just love science, they freaking love science. For the most part, they demonstrate this love not by actually making scientific discoveries or using science in their work, but by liking the right posts on Facebook. At […]

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The Climate Inquisition Begins

New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has started an investigation of Exxon Mobil “to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business.” According to the New York Times, its sources “said the inquiry would include a period […]

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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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