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Category Archive: Science

Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 22 2014

Denser Than The Pre-Expansion Universe

Expansion of the cosmos At a faster pace than light Renders Genesis a fairy tale, It seems—alas, not quite. The mental calisthenics That it takes to make them fit Will keep believers straining, when An honest mind would quit “A believer and a scientist”, Is how she chose to live— But disconfirming evidence Meant something …

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Mar 02 2014

On Debating Christian Apologists

Debating an apologist? Get ready for a fight Cos you’ve got an obligation To get all the science right— If you overstep your knowledge Just a little, and you’re caught, Then you’ve lost the weight of science And you only get one shot If your expertise is physics, Or biology, or psych, Best to know …

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Feb 21 2014

A Tasty And Nutritious Sausage, Low Fat and Low Sodium, With Only A *Hint* Of Baby Poop

The latest health craze? Here’s the scoop: It’s sausage made with baby poop. Or (as the press release explains) With cultured pro-biotic strains So you can populate your gut With flora from a baby’s butt The best advice these authors give? For better health… eat shit and live! This is actually a pretty cool paper, …

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Feb 19 2014

“You’ve Got To Have Faith In Something”

You must have heard it somewhere. Probably half a dozen times today alone. I think I just saw it over at Hemant’s–somebody making the argument that science requires a faith of its own, what may be called a “faith in reason”, or faith in one’s perceptual or cognitive abilities, or simply faith that the universe …

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Feb 18 2014

Chronic Pain? Take A Peruvian Green Velvet Tarantula And Call Me In The Morning

A lab in New Haven Held biotech mavens Who looked at the functions of nerves Along came a spider With venom inside her So they looked at purpose it serves See, nature is cunning And spiders are stunning— No, really; their bites stun their prey So maybe a toxin Some synapse, just locks in And …

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Feb 17 2014

Natural Experiment On Gun Availability

If you give the people weapons, is this good or is it bad? I suppose it all depends upon their aims Up to now, there’ve been no data, so the arguments we’ve had All rely on someone’s a priori claims “But of course we’d be much safer if most everyone was armed!— Cos the criminals …

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Feb 16 2014

Templeton Funded Research Finds Science & Religion Compatible (or, that evangelicals have their own definition of “science”)

Evangelicals will tell us, they are unafraid of science; They assume it proves the bible to be true. There’s a scientific method into which they put reliance But it looks a little strange, to me and you. They’ll evaluate hypotheses experimentally Then, conclusions will be carefully inspected: Do results remain consistent with the bible? And …

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Feb 05 2014

In Which I Argue At Length With A MacArthur Genius

Strong-ily, wrong-ily Neurophilosophers Tout their position: “The self as the brain” Finding our cause in our Neuroanatomy— Sadly, it’s fictional: Lemme explain…. (tl;dr–”brain as self” models are dependent on a particular philosophical model; the conclusions are more a factor of the requirements of that model than of the evidence.) Mano presents a clip from the …

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Jan 26 2014

Yet Another Case Of Ignorance = God

Science looks for laws by which The real world is constrained But, gee willikers—free will occurs, Which physics can’t explain! So… physics must be incomplete; A reasonable conclusion— Of course, there is another one: Free will is an illusion. A writer over at The Daily Paul (don’t laugh!–their motto is “Peace, Gold, Love”) demonstrates the …

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