Archive for July, 2008

In a recent poll, almost half of Britons believe that Area 51 exists to secretly investigate aliens and nearly forty percent believe that the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Are Britons really this nutty as a citizenry?

Probably not. Although reported by respected papers like The Guardian and The Scotsman, the poll was conducted online as part of a viral marketing campaign for the new X Files movie I Want To Believe. Although one might argue that fans of X Files are more inclined to be conspiracy minded, thus skewing the results of the poll, one wonders if perhaps this poll inadvertently gives a metric of the top conspiracy theories amongst the credulous…

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92nd Skeptics’ Circle

The latest meeting of skeptic bloggers is taking place over at The Lay Scientist’s pad. Another round-up of some of the best skeptical writing on these here intertubes…

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Carnival of the Liberals #70

The inimitable Gracie has posted the latest edition of Carnival of the Liberals at Cult of Gracie. Yet another great carnival in a long line of great carnivals. Posts this time ran the gambit from talking about the hypocrisy of McCain’s adultery to comic books (although, believe me, this comic isn’t funny).

So head on over and get your biweekly fill of the best liberal blogging around. As an added bonus, be sure to tune in to Cult of Gracie radio tonight at 9PM to hear Gracie talk about some of the very same issues…

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One of the reasons, I think, that it’s important to read and understand science, even if one isn’t a scientist, is because how we understand our world has implications for the kind of society we live in. An article in the May/June 2008 New Humanist talks about how a fundamental ignorance of evolution…

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Senator Ted Stevens indicted

I’m not quite sure if this counts as schadenfreude or not, but the famously technologically challenged Senator Ted Stevens has been indicted on seven counts of making false statements on financial disclosure forms. Stevens publicly displayed his ignorance of the operation of the internet in June 26, 2006 comments advocating against net neutrality.

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially…

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About time… and our brains

The way our brains evolved means we’re not naturally very good scientists, nevertheless science continues to inform our understanding of our minds. Carl Zimmer has a particularly interesting article talking about the three ways our brains affect our perception of the passage of time…

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Most skeptics know that determining whether or not our knowledge accurately reflects the real world is problematic at best. While the scientific method is often considered the best tool we have for understanding how the world works, our brains tend to place more value on anecdotal evidence…

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