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A really good pain in the ass

I’m reading an excellent book on critical thinking by Christopher DiCarlo called How to Be a Really Good Pain in the Ass. I heard an interview with him on Freethought Radio (I’m sensing a trend), and I thought I’d check it … Continue reading

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The words of an angry militant atheist

If you’re like me, every time you post a link to Pharyngula someone chimes in that P.Z. Myers is loud, obnoxious, aggressive, childish and – if I share his immature attitude – the discussion may as well come to a … Continue reading

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Nightflight over Earth

Here’s a stunning time-lapse video of a nightflight over our blue planet from the International Space Station. In this film, we see lightning storms and Aurora Australis sequences and, as if that isn’t enough, it also includes a gorgeous soundtrack. … Continue reading

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Knowledge increases wonder

My father was a chemical engineer. In the last year of his life he was reading Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.” He used to talk my ear off about black holes and the speed of light. I was … Continue reading

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Jacob Bronowski

I’ve just finished reading Jacob Bronowski’s exhilarating Ascent of Man (1973). It had been on my mental bookshelf for a while, and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. In his introduction, Richard Dawkins states that there is a memorable … Continue reading

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Too much of nothing

Well, I finished A Universe From Nothing, and the “nothing” business was cleared up in the end. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Apparently “nothing is unstable” is a fundamental principle which gives rise to the inevitability that out of nothing something will eventually … Continue reading

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Nothing much

I’m reading Lawrence Krauss’s new book, A Universe From Nothing (every so often I enjoy punishing myself by trying to figure out what cosmologists are learning about the cosmos). About the first half of the book is setting up the … Continue reading

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Warning: this will hurt your eyes

This is an optical illusion – via Michael Shermer. Don’t stare at it for too long or you might begin to feel dizzy. This radial sunburst illusion is known as the Asahi figure, and the researchers analyzed people’s eyes while … Continue reading

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Science Saved My Soul

One thing I love about the Internet is that no matter how much cool stuff you come across there’s always something that makes you think, “How did I never see this before?” Yesterday I was listening to an interview with … Continue reading

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Science vs. religion

I just wanted to get this down before I forgot it: • Science is like walking into a pitch-dark room with a small, powerful flashlight. You may not see much at first, but it may stop you from stumbling. Slowly, painstakingly … Continue reading

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