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The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

The Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense
The curiously revered world of irrational nonsense has seeped into almost every aspect of modern society and is both complex and multifarious. Therefore rather than attempt a comprehensive taxonomy, I have opted instead for a gross oversimplification and a rather pretty Venn Diagram. In my gross over simplification the vast majority of the multitude of evidenced-free beliefs at large in the world can be crudely classified into four basic sets or bollocks. Namely, Religion, Quackery, Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. However as such nonsensical beliefs continue to evolve they become more and more fanciful and eventually creep across the bollock borders. Religious Bollocks ∩ Quackery Bollocks ∩ Pseudoscientific Bollocks ∩ Paranormal Bollocks = Scientology UPDATE 24th March 2013 Many thanks for the retweets and shares. I have also received the first translated copy of the Venn Diagram produced by Pavle Močilac of the Croatian Society for Promotion of Science and Critical Thinking. Related:  Science Process

sScienceMap 10-Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger Margaret Sanger has been lauded by some as a woman of valor, but a closer look reveals that Planned Parenthood’s audacious founder had some unsavory things to say about matters of race, birth control, and abortion. An outspoken eugenicist herself, Sanger consistently promoted racist ideals with a contemptuous attitude. Read on to learn why Planned Parenthood hides behind a false memory of Sanger, and why, despite her extraordinarily prolific writing career, one rarely sees her quoted by Planned Parenthood leaders and apologists. The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it. Woman and the New Race, ch. 6: “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.” [We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring. “Plan for Peace” from Birth Control Review (April 1932, pp. 107-108) Article 1.

Makerbot Replicator 2X - 3D printers January 8, 2013 3:01 PM PST / Updated: July 19, 2013 4:36 PM PDT LAS VEGAS--We knew the Replicator 2X was coming, and MakerBot did not disappoint. Announced only in name this past September, MakerBot demonstrated a working Replicator 2X 3D printer at a press conference today at CES. The new printer is a higher-end version of the Replicator 2 MakerBot announced this past autumn. Like the Replicator 2, the new model features a finer printing resolution than the original MakerBot Replicator , as small as 100 microns per layer of extruded plastic, and it also has a redesigned chassis. Among the updated features of the more polished-looking design are an aluminum build platform and print area that's enclosed by plastic windows. Unique to the Replicator 2X are the ability to print in two-different colors, and also the ability to print with both PLA (Polylactic acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastics. The Replicator 2X is not MakerBot's only news from the show.

Procedure [Types of Variables] [Activity #1] [Activity #2] [Activity #3] [Steps to Success] [Move Beyond] You're doing great! You've chosen a topic and asked a question. You've done a little bit of research and made a best guess as to what the answer might be. Now it's time to design your experiment. The first step is to write the procedure. The procedure is a set of very specific instruction about how you are going to conduct your experiment. Sadly, no one could eat the sandwich on the left. Variables Details also help to control variables in your experiment. Independent Variable The independent variable is the one that YOU choose to help you answer your question. If there's more than one independent variable, the experiment becomes flawed because you can't be sure what caused the changes you observed. Activity #1: Start Thinking! Look at the image to the right. Take some time to think about how this student might write the procedure for this experiment: What are the controlled variables?

Rule 41: Bitcoiners, Torrenters, And TOR Users — FBI Can Catch You With A Single Warrant The internet world for Bitcoiners using TOR is soon to be in a situation of curfew. The reason behind is a new “update” to the Rule 41 of the Federal Crime Procedure which will take effect on December 1 unless the Congress stands as a barricade in between. The amendment approved by the Supreme Court will allow the FBI to gain access to any computer with a single warrant. All they need to do is prove that the device is hiding behind a cover i.e. concealing its location by using software like TOR. More precisely, it seems that they are buying a new set of weapons to destroy the world of TOR. Earlier, the situation was that if FBI had to gain access to any device, they would have to get a warrant from the district court of that place. The people who use Bitcoin will be affected as the FBI will be after them as soon as they try to anonymize themselves on the TOR network. Also Read: Everything About Tor: What is Tor? “Happily, there is Congressional push back.

Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers The story of self-publishing is Jan Strnad, a 62-year-old educator hoping to retire in four years. To do so is going to require supplemental income, which he is currently earning from his self-published novels. In 2012, Jan made $11,406.31 from his work. Rachel Schurig has sold 100,000 e-books and made six figures last year. Like Schurig, Robert J. Right now you are probably thinking that these anecdotes of self-publishing success are the result of my having cherry-picked the winners. My fascination with this story began back when major media outlets like Entertainment Weekly and Wired magazine called to interview me. My call for anecdotes was my first attempt to find data to support this theory. Of course, you’ll see articles lamenting the paucity of sales most self-published books enjoy, but there’s a problem with comparing average self-published sales with traditionally published books. I celebrate writing for any of these reasons — I wish more people wrote more often.

Understanding Science: An overview To understand what ​​science is, just look around you. What do you see? Perhaps your hand on the mouse, a computer screen, papers, ballpoint pens, the family cat, the sun shining through the window …. Science is, in one sense, our knowledge of all that — all the stuff that is in the universe, including the tiniest subatomic particles in a single atom of the metal in your computer’s circuits, the nuclear reactions that formed the immense ball of gas that is our sun, and the complex chemical interactions and electrical fluctuations within your own body that allow you to read and understand these words. Science helps to satisfy the natural curiosity with which we are all born: Why is the sky blue? Science is complex and multi-faceted, but the most important characteristics of science are straightforward: Science is a way of learning about what is in the natural world, how the natural world works, and how the natural world got to be the way it is. Where to begin?

Prepper Privacy: What You Should Keep To Yourself And WhyMy Family Survival Plan As an active prepper, you need to be very cautious and need to think through every step you take, especially if you’re the type that’s active on social media. It’s all about the amount and quality of the information you provide throughout your activity. Even though you’re well intended, the information that you link and provide, in some situations might proof to be detrimental rather than beneficial to the cause you aim to serve in the first place. The first thing you really need to understand is that out there (in the social media environment), you’re visible to EVERYBODY, not just to those you consider allies. So the information you provide and means you provide it have to be very well thought through. The first thing you need to watch out for is general safety. What you look like Posting photos of yourself or your possessions over social media is a bad idea. However, reading the data is not hard at all. What you say What you text Where you live What you drive Yes, you read right.

Amazon is Now Beta Testing an Automated Cover Generator for Kindle eBooks The cover image for an ebook is important to its success, but it's also a rather difficult skill to master. Not everyone has the artistic skills to design a good cover, but in the not too distant future that will no longer be a problem. There's been no announcement from Amazon, but I have just learned that they are working on a new tool that will help self-pub authors make book covers cheaply, cleanly, and well. A reader sent me this screen shot earlier today: He took the screenshot while using KDP, and as you can see from the title bar Amazon is offering a "Kindle Cover Creator". I'm told they can be edited by the author and that the text can be moved and the background image can be edited. These are some pretty decent covers. They're also free, which is a plus. I've been wanting to see someone offer a simple tool like this for some time now. I have used similar tools to design my business cards, after a couple ugly designs I finally started making decent cards. Has anyone tried it?

How we edit science part 1: the scientific method We take science seriously at The Conversation and we work hard to report it accurately. This series of five posts is adapted from an internal presentation on how to understand and edit science by our Australian Science & Technology Editor, Tim Dean. We thought you might also find it useful. Introduction If I told you that science was a truth-seeking endeavour that uses a single robust method to prove scientific facts about the world, steadily and inexorably driving towards objective truth, would you believe me? Many would. The public perception of science is often at odds with how science actually works. But science is actually far messier than this - and far more interesting. In order to report or edit science effectively - or to consume it as a reader - it’s important to understand what science is, how the scientific method (or methods) work, and also some of the common pitfalls in practising science and interpreting its results. What is science? Science is not a body of knowledge.

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Truth Telling Is Offensive Truth Telling Is Offensive Posted on Apr 6, 2013 Paul Craig Roberts was an assistant secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. Like many Americans, he has been wounded by the government he helped create, and he’s tired of being called offensive and depressing for talking about it. “In America truth is offensive,” he writes in his latest column at CounterPunch. Roberts lists the names of others who offend establishment notions of decency by telling the unadorned truth. “If you tell readers what is really going on,” he writes, just as these figures do, “they want to know why you can’t be positive. “In America and everywhere in the Western world or the entire world, telling the truth is unpopular,” he continues. Julian Assange is another example cited by Roberts. Assange was swiftly demonized by governments worldwide and by a jealous and resentful corporate media. “Where is the good to rise up against the evil?” —Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly. More Below the Ad New and Improved Comments