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Retro: Best of the Blog: Concepts

Biology is harder to learn than quantum physics. Why? Because most people think they totally get biology, but everyone knows nobody gets quantum physics. Therefore, any effort to explore quantum physics will result in new learning, but people rarely learn new biology. The bottom line is that our brains are full of biology, which would be good if most of it did not consist of …

The Falsehoods and The Falsehoods II

“Everything you know is .. wrong” and “Transhumanism”

The next installment of my new falsehoods series, on Skeptically Speaking radio with Desiree Schell, is tonight at 6PM Mountain Standard Time. You can listen on line or wait until emacsDay, I mean Sunday, and download it.

The main guests (my bit is a little add in pre-recorded thing) are George Dvorsky and Greg Fish. Details, and a place to leave comments are here.

I will post this installment’s sister blog post some time before the show. The falsehood in question is: “Humans Evolved from Apes” … A statement that is indubitably true yet clearly wrong.

Skeptically speaking: Cosmetics, transhumanism, TAM, falsehoods

The podcast for The Cosmetics Cop: Paula Begoun has materialized here.

Paula Begoun is the bestselling author of “The Beauty Bible” and “Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me.” We’ll examine the science behind some popular beauty products, and find out what real research says about makeup myths.

That also includes this segment: The Amazing Meeting with Austin Luton, Jeff Wagg and K.O. Myers

This Friday:’s show is:


We explore the predictions and the problems in the quest to “enhance” human beings. We’re joined by George Dvorsky of Sentient Developments and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and blogger Greg Fish. How will advancing technology affect our bodies, our lives, and our society?

And that show will include this segment: …another installment of “Everything You Know is Sort Of Wrong” with Greg Laden. This week: Did Humans Evolve from Apes? which deals with The Falsehoods

Santa’s War on Science

Corpus Collosum shows us this graph of search frequency on Google for the word “Science.”i-2a57c8cdd4afc6c10259d6dd17e16d51-science.jpgAnd asks “What could it possibly mean?”What it means is this: The following is a graph of search frequency on Google for the word “Santa.”i-c69cda430565f2d5f090a7b0a6bb5580-santa.jpgThe graphs are from Google Trends. Just in case it is not utterly obvious, the steep annual dip in science is exactly correlated with the Santa Spike.What is not entirely evident is why are there two Santa Spikes per year? The larger one in December makes sense, but this later one in Feb/March does not. Unless you know that this is the time each year of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round table. … Ah, THAT Santa…