Respectful Insolence

Archives for December 21, 2006

The Jesus Lizard

Sure, I know The Jesus Lizard is a band, but scientists have now found a lizard worthy of the name. Well, not exactly. Perhaps this particular lizard would be better considered the Mary Lizard.

Yes, it’s that time again, time for another Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. Given that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan at the too-young age of 62, this edition of the Circle, posted at Humbug! Online, is a tribute to the man and his dedication to science and skepticism. Theo…

On the messiness of evidence-based medicine

I’m about a week late on this one. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if some of my readers were wondering why I hadn’t weighed in on this story when it broke late last week. (Either that, or no one was wondering, and I’m just displaying some of my surgeon’s ego for all to see.)…

David Irving to be released

It’s about time: An Austrian appeals court has ruled that UK historian David Irving – jailed for denying the Holocaust – should be released on probation. Irving is now being held in police detention and will be deported to the UK on Thursday, officials said. Irving was convicted in February in a case that sparked…