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Statins have no side effects? What our study really found, its fixable flaws, and why trials transparency matters (again). Hi there, sorry to be absent (dayjob!). I was surprised to see a study I’m a co-author on getting some front page media play today, under the headline “Statins ‘have no side effects’”. That’s not what our paper found. But it was an interesting piece of work, with an odd result, looking at side effects in randomised trials of statins: specifically, and unusually, it compares the reports of side effects among people on statins in trials, against the reports of side effects from trial participants who were only getting a dummy placebo sugar pill.

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Post-Modern Science: The Illusion of Consciousness Sees Through Itself    We have always struggled with the limits to how human language can express our thoughts about reality. But post-modern science dismisses the struggle as futile: We did not evolve to perceive reality. That conviction is changing cosmology dramatically. We know almost nothing about the human consciousness but naturalism must treat it as evolved from unconscious elements. Much confusion is avoided by recognizing that that is a core assumption, not a discovery. Dalai Lama tells his Facebook friends that religion "is no longer adequate" Well, he'd hardly be the first Buddhist to say something like this. From what I've read, there are already lots of Buddhists, and historical Buddhist movements in various countries, who are atheistic and who prefer to return to Buddhism's roots as a kind of self-help, personal psychological and philosophical system—and yes, I realize I'm hugely oversimplifying that ideological stripe of Buddhism—and that's fine. And if this helps the world be a better place, cool. I'm all for it. But as an atheist I had already got to this point without making sand paintings, spinning prayer wheels or staring at stupas or rock gardens to shut off all mental processes and get to Satori. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong.

The Christopher Hitchens Web by (Yellow Pages Directory Inc.) is a leading online directory allowing users to search an online database and telephone directory for all telephone numbers in the USA. Using the above boxes, simply type in a name and location. Even if you don't have the complete information, the telephone number lookup database can help you find phone numbers. Planet of the Apes POSTED: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 12:34 PM Peter Andolfatto One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful. Inside the Human Body Recent Episodes Available for: ‘Inside the Human Body’ Inside the Human Body -1×4- Hostile World May 27th, 2011 |

A New Theory of the Universe: an article by Robert Lanza about biocentrism building on quantum physics by putting life into the equation Essays - Spring 2007 Print Biocentrism builds on quantum physics by putting life into the equation By Robert Lanza Responsible thinking web sites Critical Thinking sites: These sites discuss critical thinking and common errors in reasoning. The Critical Thinking Community While perhaps the most widely referenced site on critical thinking, the style of the above site is far too dry and academic for my taste. Wikipedia entries for logical fallacies and cognitive biases:

Black Triangle By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 If anyone is reading this, I now blog at Many thanks. Anthony By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 Ology List - List of -ology Sciences and Scientific Disciplines Updated November 12, 2015. An ology is a discipline of study, as indicated by having the -ology suffix. This is a list of science ologies. Make a URL “Pretty” When working with students I like to use Google Spreadsheets because my entire class can be on the same document at the same time. Because a spreadsheet is divided up into boxes (cells) each student can have their own spot without “stepping” on other students inputting information. If students create digital projects and you want them to view other students projects, try having students put their link into a collaborative Google Spreadsheet.

Falsifiability of evolution The falsifiability of evolution is an important part of establishing evolution as a scientific theory on the principles of falsifiability. Creationists and others sometimes claim that evolution and common descent cannot be falsified and consequently are not science.[1] In other cases, intelligent design advocates insist that there is no way to falsify evolution because any new evidence just becomes "evolution in action" anyway.[2] This, however, is simply not the case as there are numerous pieces of evidence that could falsify evolution. The assertions made by creationists may be due to a misunderstanding between the concept of "falsifiability" and "has been falsified". More intelligent criticisms of the falsifiability of evolution focus on how new evidence (such as new fossil or climatology data) always leads to evolution and never towards design, even when theories about specifics of a species' development are changed significantly in light of evidence.

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