Universes

Platinum

A friend was complaining recently about an “absurdity” of multiple universes as portrayed on a recent PBS/Nova broadcast. Here’s a slightly edited version of my reply:

There are two general concepts of alternative universes; one is unknown and unknowable in our present understanding, the other is an absurdity that is considered by some to be […]

Underserved

SummerScience

In the 1990s, less than one-tenth of 1% of funds went for programs aimed at high-achievers or gifted students. Most of the funds went for the “underserved.” I use that word a lot, professionally, and it refers to poor students (in both senses of the word), and especially to illegal immigrants. If you want to […]

Science

GlobalWarming

Except from a conversation with a rather vehement and objectionable catastrophist, who was asserting a consensus with AGW (anthropogenic global warming). I replied:

Incidentally, I agree with AGW. Specifically, in answer to the questions posed on the famous survey, that it has warmed in recent decades and that humans have contributed some non-zero amount to […]

Abiogenesis

Abiogenesis_short_film

This is a rather nifty little short film about out-of-this-world technology:

Abiogenesis (Short Film) from Richard Mans on Vimeo.

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Carbon Credit

TreeStats

The word “carbon” is often used as a shorthand for carbon dioxide. Environmentalists talk of “carbon footprints” and “carbon pollution” and have injected such terms into the language. But not too long ago, we all recognized that Earth’s biosphere was one of “carbon-based life.” That is, of course, still true. But humans are changing the […]

Creation Debate

the-food-for-thought-award

(Some visitors to Citizen Tom’s blog are True Believer Catastrophists on global warming, and some (not the same folks, generally) are Young Earth Creationists or variants thereof. Perhaps I am destined to make enemies wherever I go, but that is not my intent. To a creationist, I had commented:)

In the meantime, regarding creationism, I […]

Politics and Evolution

dna-double-helix-marc-phares

I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:

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Climate

GlobalWarming

I was challenged about the “consensus” on climate change over at Citizen Tom’s blog, and told that I should accept it because of the correlation of extreme weather and CO2. This is a slightly edited version of my reply, fixing a couple of typos and formatting issues. Now it’s back to work for me… […]

Butterflies and Other Lies

EdithCheckerspot

The American Association for the Advancement of Science used to promote science. I was a member for many years, and watched them devolve into an increasingly political leftist advocacy group. Nowhere is this process more evident than on the topic of climate change: The once-august group is willing to lie to promote the idea of catastrophic global warming, which keeps the grant money coming, keeps them on politically correct, and keeps them in good favor in the current government. As the evidence shows that climate change is not catastrophic and not likely to be, the AAAS and other advocacy groups are ramping up the lies, desperate to keep the scam going by mere dint of repetition. […]

The Climate of Dinosaur Science

I have not yet grown out of my “dinosaur phase,” though I must confess that this transition point seems overdue. I’m happy with the current status, at least. But my interest in dinosaur science, like my interest in climate science, goes back several decades. During those decades, I’ve largely made a living in the software/technology […]