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Mindwolf  ·  1212 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/john-horgan-is-skeptical-of-skeptics/

    Unfortunately the talk, which he has now published on Scientific American’s website (which means it’s fair game), was more than a bit disappointing – not because he was critical, but because he does not seem to get skepticism with a small or a big “S.” The result was a string of cherry picked strawmen.
kleinbl00  ·  1212 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    He begins:

    “I hate preaching to the converted. If you were Buddhists, I’d bash Buddhism. But you’re skeptics, so I have to bash skepticism.”

    That makes you a contrarian, not a skeptic.

"The first person to argue semantics has lost."

- Terry Rossio

Mindwolf  ·  1291 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bigger than the Higgs, bigger even than gravitational waves...

FYI: This is a bit of over-hype. Sensationalism is probably not the best word for it. The events the article (and others listed below) are statistical anomalies. Mere bumps in the data. It would be really cool if it were accurate but so far nothing to say, write an article behind a paywall about...

Mindwolf  ·  1303 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 12 Greatest Challenges for Space Exploration.

Yeah a pretty dumb line.

Odder  ·  1302 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The rest of the article was good though. Thanks for sharing it!

The hammerhead shark used the electromagnetic field given off by its prey to detect and catch them.

Mindwolf  ·  1313 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: World's largest solar plant goes live, will provide power for 1.1M people.

Well you are the final boss...

The_Final_Boss  ·  1312 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So... Me?

Mindwolf  ·  1313 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: World's largest solar plant goes live, will provide power for 1.1M people.

Do... Do I have to fight you now?

The_Final_Boss  ·  1313 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Me or the one who made the topic?

Mindwolf  ·  1313 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well you are the final boss...

The_Final_Boss  ·  1312 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So... Me?

Mindwolf  ·  1349 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to use the Feynman technique to identify pseudoscience

I dub this the #science #tagoftheweek winner! rrrrr, the duty to name next week's winner now falls upon your head!

rrrrr  ·  1345 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cool, but blimey, that sounds like a responsibility. I will do my best to honour it, but I have already sat on this for almost a week without acting. I hope no-one has died as a result. It's time to admit don't understand this game. Am I choosing a tag to be tag of the week, or choosing a post to be science thingy of the week? I am confused. Thanks!

Mindwolf  ·  1363 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The science myths that will not die.

It worked. You have summoned me. And like Cthulhu I shall lay waste to all. Or pick next week's #tagoftheweek. Whichever comes first.

This. This motherfucking blowhard right here, gets it.

Mindwolf  ·  1378 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Want to mail Mars? Better start saving.

Most correspondence would most likely be digitized. But I'm sure there would be a few letters and maybe some small packages. For mostly nostalgia's sake or very special occasions.

That is assuming of course that:

1: We actually colonize Mars.

2: We have an active long term colony.

3: We have shipping routes between the two worlds.

If all that works out and there is a shipping/courier route making regular trips between the two the cost will be lower. But that would be way off in the future.

user-inactivated  ·  1378 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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Mindwolf  ·  1384 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Quest to drill into Earth’s mantle restarts.

Yeah. I'm pretty sure we were supposed to reach the mantle "in five years" since the 60's.

Mindwolf  ·  1385 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature.

What makes this different from standard lab grown diamonds is that there were only originally only two known phases of solid carbon, graphite and diamond. Making a lab grown diamond required large amounts of heat and pressure.

This new phase that they discovered (which is magnetic by the way, how cool it that?) only required ambient pressure and temperature. Yes this will lead to cheaper lab grown diamonds but it is also an amazing discovery in its own right.

Oh, and get well soon!

Mindwolf  ·  1397 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uranus might be full of surprises.

Your endeavor to document and remember this makes you...

put on sunglasses

anal-retentive.

Mindwolf  ·  1397 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Armadillos Carrying Leprosy Bacteria Spreading in Southern US

Very true. Leprosy is also effectively treatable using MDT Multidrug Therapy.

Mindwolf  ·  1397 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uranus might be full of surprises.

2010: Odyssey Two Goes into a little detail as to what may be at the center of Jupiter. Clarke surmised that it my be a gigantic diamond.

Is it true? We don't really know. It is very hot, possibly as high as 56,000 K, and very dense. The central core pressure is estimated to be 100 million times the atmospheric pressure at the earth's surface.It is expected from a variety of planet formation scenarios that the planet has a rocky core of about 10-15 times the mass of the Earth, but on top of this is a seething 'ocean' of metallic hydrogen and other exotic states of hydrogen and helium, its chief constituents. Whether the central rocky core is in the form of a 'diamond' or not is not something that could be easily anticipated from the mathematical modeling of the planet's interior. In other words, Arthur's guess is as good as anyone!