Respectful Insolence

Archives for June 5, 2006

Via The Onion (where else): TALLAHASSEE, FL–Only months after abandoning a tenured position at Lehigh University, maverick chemist Theodore Hapner managed to disprove two of the three laws of thermodynamics and show that gold is a noxious gas, turning the world of science–defined for centuries by exhaustive research, painstaking observation, and hard-won theories–completely on its…

The doctor is waiting

Doctor Charles is waiting. Yes, he’s the host of the next edition of the Skeptics’ Circle, scheduled to land on his blog, The Examining Room of Doctor Charles this Thursday, June 8. You only have two days until the deadline. Doctor Charles’ contact information for submissions is here; general guidelines for submission are here. Doctor…

Perhaps you’ve seen it. Certainly if you’ve seen the “arguments” of Holocaust deniers, you’ve seen it. The desperate attempt to find one piece of testimony, data, or evidence that does not support conventional science or history. For example, a Holocaust denier will zero in on an eyewitness account of either a death camp or a…

Update on Katie Wernecke

Last week, I wrote about two teens (Katie Wernecke and Abraham Cherrix) who, sadly, had been duped by the siren call of quackery and were, with the acquiescence of their parents, on the road to extinction. It figures that more information would become available over the weekend (after I had written my article) about both…