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The Panda's Thumb It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. The Panda's Thumb
The GSoW team is now officially moving from the cramped quarters of Facebook to a spacious custom designed forum. This will really open up our teams to be able to train, mentor and move from language to language. Expect to see a lot more from us as we work smarter. First up is Gok van Pascal, which in English is known as Pascal's Wager. Leon Korteweg translated this using Dawkin's "The God Delusion". Godzilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Godzilla Skepticism on Wikipedia
Real Clear Science Real Clear Science Real Clear Science Friday If He Looks Stupid, He Probably Is - Ross Pomeroy, RealClearScienceLab-Grown Vaginas Transplanted into Women - Catherine de Lange, NSThe Dutch Are 3D-Printing a House - Jason Dorrier, Singularity HubRare 'Back-to-Back' Maximum Eclipses Coming - Ethan Siegel, SWaB!Quirky Quarks Create New Exotic Particle - Harry Cliff, Conversation UKHigh-Energy Particles Detected at 'IceCube' - Clara Moskowitz, SciAmLasers to Divert Lightning from Buildings? - Michael Keller, TxchnologistYellow Lights: The 'Dilemma Zone' of Driving - Joel Shurkin, ISNSBiohacking and Problem of Bioterrorism - Mike Loukides, RadarWorld's 100 Most Unique & Endangered Birds - Jessica Aldred, GuardianMore RCSc: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Mobile |Daily E-mail The Latest Research
Debunking Denialism Proponents of paranormal claims often feel threatened by scientific skepticism. This is because core skeptical principles erode their scientific pretensions. Instead of trying to back up their original paranormal claims with real scientific evidence, they attempt to deflect by attacking these skeptical principles. Most of the time, they make a hatchet job arguing against principles they misunderstood to begin with. This is because skeptical principles such as extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, Occam’s razor and burden of evidence can be formally stated and defended using basic Bayesian probability theory. Debunking Denialism
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Skeptoid Skeptoid Skeptoid is a weekly science podcast dedicated to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture, and replacing them with way cooler reality. Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — an urban legend, a paranormal claim, alternative therapy, or something just plain stupid — that you've heard of, and that you probably believe in. Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in non-evidence based phenomena, and more importantly, explains the factual scientific reality. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred, politically incorrect though that may be. 173,000 weekly downloads.
inFact with Brian Dunning
Truth Truth A skeptic and a believer take some tumbles for science while discovering the truth behind something you probably believe in. In this pilot episode, Brian & Shira test binaural beats, audio files that claim to scientifically affect your brain waves and induce a desired mental state, like a digital drug. Does being on a digital drug affect your performance at the amusement park as much as the real thing? One of them will discover that Truth Hurts.
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James Randi Educational Foundation Some people see human tragedies as a time for empathy, sympathy, or charity. Then there are those who see it as an opportunity. It didn’t take long after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, for Uri Geller to take to the airwaves and claim that he was asked to help in the search for the plane. James Randi Educational Foundation
Consequence - True Stories About False Things Consequence is a biweekly podcast from the James Randi Educational Foundation. Each episode, regular people share their personal narratives about the negative impact a belief in pseudoscience, superstition, and the paranormal has had on their lives. From the thrilling to the uplifting, Consequence brings you true stories about false things. Episode 4: David McCarthy vs Ramtha's School of Enlightenment Channeler J.Z. Consequence - True Stories About False Things
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Project Alpha Project Alpha was an elaborate hoax that began in 1979 and ended with its disclosure in 1981. It was orchestrated by the stage magician and skeptic James Randi. It involved planting two fake psychics, Steve Shaw (now better known as Banachek) and Michael Edwards, into a paranormal research project. During the initial stages of the investigation, the researchers came to believe that the pair's psychic powers were real. However, more formal experiments, as well as criticism from both the parapsychology community and Randi himself, led them to dismiss their initial trust.[1] The hoax was later revealed publicly. Following Project Alpha, Randi went on to use variations of the technique on several other occasions. Project Alpha
Project Alpha The Skeptical Inquirer Summer 1983 The Project Alpha Experiment: Part one. The First Two Years
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Big little news from Queensland, as reported by Celeste Biever and Lisa Grossman for New Scientist magazine: Longest experiment sees pitch drop after 84-year waitThe pitch has dropped – again. This time, the glimpse of a falling blob of tar, also called pitch, represents the first result for the world’s longest-running experiment…. Up-and-running since 1930, the experiment is based at the University of Queensland in Australia and seeks to capture blobs of pitch as they drip down, agonisingly slowly, from their parent bulk.The Queensland experiment already features in the Guinness World Records and won an IgNobel prize in 2005. It was set up by physicist Thomas Parnell to illustrate that although pitch appears solid, shattering when hit with a hammer at room temperature, it is actually a very viscous liquid.The eventual result follows several near misses, according to the University of Queensland. Improbable Research
Retraction Watch “Complete copies” earn physicists in Malaysia a pair of retractions The physics journal Pramana — a publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences — has retracted two studies by a group of researchers in Malaysia who appear to have cobbled together their papers from other sources. The 2007 articles came from A.R.M.
CSI The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. The FDA is giving serious consideration to our petition to require that all over-the-counter homeopathic drugs meet the standards of effectiveness applicable to non-homeopathic drugs. Read the letter from the FDA » Employment Opportunities: The Center for Inquiry is looking for a Web Developer. Read more » September/October 2013
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