Archives for June, 2011

We love happy hot dog man!

I can’t believe that I’m like 50 something years old and never had one of these:

The Placebo Effect In Action

The Placebo Effect is rarely what people think it is, though it is often what people believe it to be. Unconvinced? Check it out.

For the next several weeks, I’ll be contributing a weekly post at Birdingblogs.com. The informal title of this series of posts is Darwin’s Other Birds. The idea is to identify particularly interesting passages from Darwin’s writings and put them in an appropriate context. This week’s post is an introduction to the series. Thanks to Gunnar…

Apropos this, a timely repost:

Much of the current news is about exposure and fallout. As a point of information, the Sievert is a unit of “dose equivliant” from exposure to ionizing radiation. It was designed to indicate relative levels of biological effects on living organisms. This measurement technique attempts to take into account the fact that radiation is absorbed…

There’s been a fair amount of talk about the Miss USA interview question “should evolution be taught in schools,” and a fair amount of attention given to the answers provided by the contestants. For the most part, people have gotten mad at these women because they are both beautiful in a classic patriarchal-normative-way and are…

Huxley learned a while back how to open doors by, of all things, turning the doorknobs. Amanda thought we should get the devices that go over the doorknobs to thwart his efforts. I thought we should just attach fasteners to the doors and seal them up until he’s eighteen. But, I respected Amanda’s opinion, even…

She was taught evolution in her high school and she sees no problem with it today. In fact, she’s a science geek. Move over Science Cheerleaders and make way for the … no, wait, I don’t think I want to go there … Anyway, here is the video:

I just realized that in the recent confusion of travelling and home improvement activities, I forgot to point out to you’all that my third every-four-weeks post at 10,000 Birds (the blog) is now up for your reading pleasure: Birds Really Dinosaurs?

As is the case with all of the Falsehoods in the Falsehoods series, one can never really be sure what the falsehood may actually be. In this case, there are two falsehoods: 1) When we see a statistical correlation between two measurements or observations, we can not assume that there is a causal link from…