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Archives for November, 2010

The wages of scientific sin

If there were a hell (and there isn’t), I suppose this is as good a breakdown of deserved punishments as any.

Sunday Sacrilege: The truth hurts

Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, has spoken.

Godspeed, Commander Adams

How odd: Leslie Nielsen has died, and everyone is talking about the silly comedies he made late in life. Doesn’t anyone remember Forbidden Planet? What’s the matter with you people?

Episode CXXXVI: A PSA

The hot topic on the chiding thread is a regular commenter who is planning to do something very, very stupid. I have to chime in: don’t. Always drink in moderation, if at all. (Current totals: 11,416 entries with 1,196,543 comments.)

It’s Wikileaks Day

Today, Wikileaks begins releasing a huge collection of US embassy cables, and we’re about to discover the degree of skullduggery that’s been going on. The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deals with supposedly…

Twisted logic

Wayne Laugesen rightly points out that the Catholic church does not have exclusive ownership of pedophilia and child abuse. But then he takes a long leap into lunacy. Today, sexual abuse of children is clearly out of control in public schools and is even more prevalent in homes. Society needs to stop acting as if…

I get email

All it takes is a little prompting: I write a post titled “The Bible is not a medical text“, and next thing you know, someone sends me an email titled “The Vedas are a medical text”. It’s enough to make a fellow weep. Dear Sir, I am PhD Scholar, enrolled with Utkal University of Culture,…

Cheaper than NASA

I’d love to visit Mars, especially if I could go with some dolphins. And now, for a mere $1550, I could attend the Dolphins & Teleportation Symposium 2011 and learn how to teleport! This Workshop will include interspatial communication, quantum merging, E.T contact, teleportation to Mars, swimming in gentle waters with dolphins, sound healing, heart…

Scientists with style

I think more scientists should be in GQ. Larry Moran exhibits both style and craftsmanship with his handmade haberdashery. Now you might think I should be envious — I should have such panache! — but the tinfoil cone simply isn’t my way. Here in the frigid North, unlike temperate Toronto, such a device would refrigerate…

The Bible is not a medical text

Although citing the Bible seems to be a way to fast-track bad science papers to publication. In yet another example of a journal letting bad Bible interpretations pass for science, a paper titled “Newer insights to the neurological diseases among biblical characters of old testament has been published in the Annals of the Indian Academy…