Science: That Feynman Speech Again

There are plenty of good reasons to dismiss the Fauxvid hoax apart from the utter lack of good scientific evidence that it even exists, let alone that lockdowns, social distancing, and masks help at all. These include the constantly changing story, amazing timing, how it was used to force the inevitable fraud of vote-by-mail, how … Continue reading “Science: That Feynman Speech Again”

The Must Read Science Essay – Feynman, of Course

I love Feynman so much, I’m even going to give him a pass on his opening gratuitous slur of the Middle Ages (Very little greater love has man than this…). Not just the ravings of some guy, but the wisdom of Feynman! This essay is all over the internets. I found it here.  This says what … Continue reading “The Must Read Science Essay – Feynman, of Course”

Evidence and the Right Questions

When we last left off, we were discussing claims and evidence. Now let’s talk about the quality of claims, evidence, and the relationship of claims and evidence. This it probably Part 1 – topic spiral potential: high. To cut to the chase: a reasonable, useful claim is specific, expressed in unambiguous terms, and subject to … Continue reading “Evidence and the Right Questions”

Non-Scientists with Science Degrees mad at Scientists with no Science Degrees

A writer is someone who writes, right? A piano player is someone who plays the piano, a painter someone who paints. And so on. So, a scientist is someone who, well, sciences. More precisely, a scientist is someone who tries to understand the material world by applying (roughly) a Baconian approach: all theories are generated … Continue reading “Non-Scientists with Science Degrees mad at Scientists with no Science Degrees”

The Layman’s Guide to Understanding Science: How Not to be a Gullible Rabbit. Preliminaries

This is the third of three preliminary chapters before we get to the meat of things. I organized this on the fly, so I’m not in love with there being three chapters, in effect, before Chapter 1. This can be cleaned up later. Preliminaries First you guess. Don’t laugh, this is the most important step. … Continue reading “The Layman’s Guide to Understanding Science: How Not to be a Gullible Rabbit. Preliminaries”

The Layman’s Guide to Understanding Science: How Not to be a Gullible Rabbit. Taming the Beast

This is the second of three preliminary chapters before we get to the meat of things. I organized this on the fly, so I’m not in love with there being three chapters, in effect, before Chapter 1. This can be cleaned up later. Taming the Beast The first principle is that you must not fool … Continue reading “The Layman’s Guide to Understanding Science: How Not to be a Gullible Rabbit. Taming the Beast”

Writing as Therapy? Eeewe!

Reality check: I’m putting together a book in order to make points that could be listed on 1 page. Is there any chance anyone who doesn’t see the truth in the list is going to see the truth when I pound it in with another 40-50K words? I don’t know, which means – I’m writing … Continue reading “Writing as Therapy? Eeewe!”

Thanks, Updates

A. Several of you, my deeply appreciated readers, have sent me comments on A Layman’s Guide to Understanding Science: How Not to be A Gullible Rabbit (I like that title better). If I haven’t gotten back to you yet, it’s because your input a) required actual thought; b) is long; or c) both. Maybe later … Continue reading “Thanks, Updates”

Scientific Paper Format: Some Stuff to Know

One problem with science for many people is that it’s boring. I find it fascinating, but many people, if they don’t just snooze or walk off, think you’re being a pedant if you want to talk about how, exactly, the scientific sausage is made and what, exactly, can be reasonably concluded from it. Too bad … Continue reading “Scientific Paper Format: Some Stuff to Know”

Updates: Trivia and Apocalypses

1) Where to begin? Let’s get this off my chest: I never thought I’d outlive the Republic. Yea, yea, I know – it can be argued any res publica here was moldering in the grave before the Civil War, as it can be argued that living under a mafia is the normal state of civilization … Continue reading “Updates: Trivia and Apocalypses”