Nothing Is Mere

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Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars — mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is “mere.” I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination — stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part… What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?

Richard Feynman

Something About Pots and Kettles

Food Babe recently reported on a dirty PR campaign that she’s “fallen victim to” and made the huge mistake of trashing multiple PR firms in the process. But this isn’t about Food Babe because she’s boring. Any criticism is met with cries of misogyny or the shill gambit. There’s no attempt at serious discourse. Recently, she tried to play the race card but was immediately shut down by co-conspirator fellow skeptic Kavin Senapathy. Continue reading

This Week in Pseudoscience

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It’s the weekend! Let’s look back on the week and laugh, cry, or just shake our heads at the dummies who fight so hard against reality.

Scott Walker made a joke of himself by punting on a question about evolution while creationists declared that Darwin was wrong. Again.

To the chagrin of bigots everywhere, a New Jersey judge ruled gay conversion is a farce.

Audiophiles are given a new opportunity to waste their money.

California has responded to the measles outbreak by considering the abolition of personal belief exemptions. Glenn Beck assures us the outbreak is bullshit, and Deuce Bigalow tries to bully a lawmaker over her vaccine stance.

And McCarthyism is alive and well with pro-famine activists issuing FOIA requests for the personal emails of agricultural and biotech scientists.

Other stories include a Queen’s University professor trying to include disease rights talking points in the curriculum and Shirley Maclaine wonders if the Holocaust was just Karmic destiny for the Jews.

Oh, did y’all know that rhinovirus and influenza attack us through our ears? Just pour some peroxide in there and it’ll fix you right up.

 

On the Petulance of YECs by Means of Constant Misdirection, or the Preservation of Childish Tantrums in the Struggle for Relevance

Earlier this month, the American Humanist Association (AHA) worked with congressmen to introduce a resolution establishing February 12, 2015 as Darwin Day. This of course is Charles Darwin’s birthday, and the resolution is intended to establish “a national day to recognize the accomplishments of naturalist Charles Darwin and celebrate the contributions of science to education and humanity.” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Who could possibly oppose acknowledging someone’s contributions to the sciences?

I’m sure that the title of this piece has already answered that question. Continue reading

Call for action: It’s time to March Against the March Against Monsanto

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Friends at the Genetic Literacy project have decided it’s time we organize to counter the misinformation and fear-mongering that comes from March Against Monsanto. Please read the call to action and lend any support you can provide. It’s time the loudest voices come from those with the facts on their side.

http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/02/01/call-for-action-its-time-to-march-against-the-march-against-monsanto/