There appears to be a new blog at Science Blogs, and it is APPLIED STATISTICS!!!!! That’s the name of the blog, and that’s what it is about, and the blogger is Andrew Gelman. Welcome Andrew. We needed a stats blog, and it is very nice to have you here.
So now, a statistics joke:
Continue reading Scienceblogs Dot Com Has Stats!!!
“The danger of Halloween is not in the scary things we see but in the secret, wicked, cruel activities that go on behind the scenes. These activities include:
- Sex with demons
- Orgies between animals and humans
- Animal and human sacrifices
- Sacrificing babies to shed innocent blood
- Rape and molestation of adults, children and babies
- Revel nights
- Conjuring of demons and casting of spells
- Release of “time-released” curses against the innocent and the ignorant.”
Those are the words of Christian Writer Kimberly Daniels, in a piece produced for the Christian Broadcasting Network (hat tip: Pharyngula). She warns that most of the Holloween candy we would encounter trick-or-treating has been prayed over and cursed by Witches. Most! I would have thought only some, but whatever.
Clear evidence of the insanity of those Krazy Kristians. I mean, really. I have yet to hear a Christian disavow this. I have to assume they all believe it.
This article was so embarrassing that even CBN.com saw fit to remove it from their site. But the Google Cache still has it here: [Click here to see an archived copy of this fascinating piece of evidence that religious people are nuts.] And, I’ve reproduced the best parts of it below the fold:
Continue reading Halloween is a counterfeit holy day dedicated to celebrating the demonic trinity of Lucifer, the Antichrist and the Spirit of Belial, whoever that is.
Since we are talking about geology, I do not want to give up the opportunity to bring up one of the coolest stories of geology ever, given the present day discussion of science and religion. You will be asking for a source for this story. Look it up in Wikipedia, where all knowledge resides, and you will not find it there.
Continue reading A True Ghost Story, Part 6: But first, since we’re talking geology …
Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People is the book that the recently published article in Seed Magazine, which was in turn recently banned in an Illinois school is mainly about. Here is the Publishers Weekly overview of the book:
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Dan Delong teaches English at Southwester High School in Piasa, Illinois. He has been suspended for assigning an article originally published in Seed Magazine called “The Gay Animal Kingdom.” If you are a teacher you know what to do.. download that article and assign it to all of your students as soon as possible!!!!
Here is a press report on this astounding event.
Here is a blog post by Jonathan Turley about The Banning.
Here is Mike Dunford’s blog post: Seed Magazine in the Classroom: Grounds for Suspending the Teacher??
One of the main reasons we were staying in Kimberley at all was to assist the museum staff with a particular, and rather singular, survey and excavation. The location and circumstances of this field project were quite remarkable.
Continue reading A True Ghost Story Part 5: The Grave on the Hill
By now there have been many detailed dissections of everything that is wrong with the treatment of climate in Superfreakonomics , but what has been lost amidst all that extensive discussion is how really simple it would have been to get this stuff right….
Please read this post at Real Climate and pass it on.
I spent about 45 minutes yesterday in the local HMO clinic. They had turned the main waiting room into a Pandemic Novel A/H1N1 Swine (nee Mexican) Influenza quarantine area, and I could feel the flu viruses poking at my skin looking for a way in the whole time I was there.
Continue reading How do we know how bad the Swine Flu is so far?
I wrote earlier about the graves that were dug daily to receive the dead. In truth, the details of this procedure are still being worked out by archaeologists at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, but when we were there on this particular trip, part of the grave yard to which I refer had been just discovered, accidentally uncovered during a public works drainage project. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in all my years as an archaeologist.
Continue reading A True Ghost Story Part 4: I see dead people. Hey, It’s my job!