|Damn it! Dan Brown & Nostradomus made it|
to this shelf of history. (skepreview)
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
|It was a good idea at the time. (skepreview)|
I cannot say I agree with the decision of the NECSS board of directors to cut Dawkins. On the other hand, I would not bet the farm that if I had been on the board I would not have done the same thing. Whether I would look back at the decision and decide it had been a mistake would be speculation upon speculation. I have read a lot of speculation on what was motivating the board as a whole to make their decision. Even with some insights gained by the carefully worded response by Dr. Steven Novella on the NECSS board's decision, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Exercising charity, I realize that I have made plenty of errors in my professional career only to look back at the aftermath of those decisions and thought "drat" that was the wrong choice. Maybe the board feels this way, overall maybe they do not. I cannot fathom them backtracking either, and on that I cannot really blame them.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Death. SciFi movies. Giving Proper Credit.
The above were the most interesting topics I heard discussed on my various podcasts this week.
|Giovanni Schiaparelli Mars Map with Water!: Wiki|
Dr. Stuart Robbins produced quite an intriguing episode of Exposing PseudoAstronomy on when do we know what we know in science and who ought to receive proper attribution for a discovery or inventing something. The idea for the episode was sparked by the recent N.A.S.A. announcement that liquid water actually flows on Mars, which in turn caused some better known pseudoscientists to cry foul. The pseudo-scientists claimed they had discovered liquid water on Mars years earlier and while it feels great to be found correct by the powers that be, the discovery is nothing new.
There is a difference between building the case for liquid water on Mars which N.A.S.A. has been doing for decades, and speculation which is what the pseudoscience crowd was performing for the most part. Dr. Robbins breaks all this down, and by the end of it, I was a bit miffed that after N.A.S.A.'s hard work in this regard anyone would try to jump in and say me first is inappropriate.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
|Peter of Verona Faith Healing back in the day (Wiki)|
On episode 156 of SWaK, Marsh describes his interactions with Popoff's current prosperity gospel ministry via the