Category: Poe’s Law

Professional skeptic Michael Shermer has bought Settled Science, Inc.; a now trademarked subsidiary of his own considered opinions

In The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies–How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, Michael Shermer explains it all for you. And Publishers Weekly’s reviewer offers As the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, author of Why People Believe Weird Things, and a columnist for Scientific American, Shermer is perhaps […] more

Coffee! The “climategate” reporters only picked out the most damning e-mails? How unethical of them!

Googling “climategate + Dembski” (as a simple way to retrieve a file from our site that I wanted to link to), I came across this” comment at Open Parachute, which makes excuses for the ‘gates: Predictably only the most apparently damning emails have been quoted in the media. Sure, it is pretty predictable that the […] more

Poe’s law: Students cannot form logical position about television’s impact?

From what I can determine, this is a true story: A Mindful Hack reader writes, The state of Maine gave a test to about 15,000 eighth-graders to assess their writing skills, including their ability to form a logical position. When the state refused to release the results, a newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act […] more

Coffee break, courtesy of Poe’s Law …

When I read this, I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or their bigness […] more

New York Times Science Section on Boltzmann Brains

This NYT article came out just this past January 18th. It’s worth reading the whole thing which is much longer than the choice quotes below the fold. I hadn’t been aware there was greatly increased support for the Boltzmann Brain due to the discovery of dark energy. Big Brain Theory: Have Cosmologists Lost Theirs? Snippage: more

The God Gene

HT to irrepressible UD member/author “Jerry” more

Pre-Game Coin Toss

Pre-Game Coin Toss Makes Jacksonville Jaguars Realize Randomness Of Life more

The Faithful Gather to Worship Saint Charles

See the coverage at the Onion.   more