“That’s where I’ve failed as a scientist”: Bill Nye opens up about the climate wars. In February, celebrated scientist Bill Nye engaged in a much-publicized debate with Christian celebrity Ken Ham about whether creationism was “viable” as a scientific theory.
Polls found that Nye roundly won the debate. Triumph in this debate, however, did not necessarily mean a win for science education. In the United States, there is still an uphill battle not only for funding and better teachers, but also to stem the proliferation of charter schools that cast doubt on evolution or flatly deny it. Nye’s biggest worry, he says, is about children — and specifically about their ability to compete and innovate in the future. The debate with Ham eventually led Nye to pen his newest book, “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” (out tomorrow), which broadens, contextualizes and connects evolution to everyday life. Salon spoke to Nye about everything from climate change and evolution, to Ken Ham and John Oliver. Why make your debate with Ham the focus of this book?
Exactly. Como a Internet está jogando a ciência nas trevas - Andre Barcinski. 5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science. One of the most ludicrous things about the anti-science movement is the enormous number of arguments that are based on a lack of knowledge about high school level chemistry.
These chemistry facts are so elementary and fundamental to science that the anti-scientists’ positions can only be described as willful ignorance, and these arguments once again demonstrate that despite all of the claims of being “informed free-thinkers,” anti-scientists are nothing more than uninformed (or misinformed) science deniers. Therefore, in this post I am going to explain five rudimentary facts about chemistry that you must grasp before you are even remotely qualified to make an informed decision about medicines, vaccines, food, etc. 1).
Everything is made of chemicals This seems like a simple concept, but many people seem to struggle greatly with it, so let’s get this straight: all matter is made of chemicals. A “chemical-free lifestyle” is totally impossible. 2). What is the toxic dose in humans? Universo Racionalista. Sem dúvida, um dos mais destacados inventores científicos dos últimos séculos, mas, lamentavelmente, também uma figura enormemente atrativa para os seguidores de crenças conspiratórias e pseudociências.
Não há homem na história da ciência que carregue mais mitos do que Tesla e, atualmente não há quase nada escrito sobre ele que não está exagerado ou que não tente diviniza-lo.
Biology. Chemistry. Game Theory. Linguística. Mathematics. Physics. TED Science. TED Talks. Fator sorte do câncer. Em um de seus contos, Jorge Luis Borges inventou a loteria da Babilônia, controlada por uma organização cada vez mais secreta e poderosa que acaba dominando as vidas de todos os habitantes.
O prêmio em alguns casos era a morte e a loteria, uma variante do destino. “A Babilônia não é outra coisa senão um jogo de azar infinito”, escreveu o argentino. No mundo real, o câncer também é um jogo de azar infinito. Grande parte dos tumores conhecidos não ocorrem por fatores externos e evitáveis, como fumar, nem por razões hereditárias dos genes, mas também por puro azar. Agora, um estudo quantificou quanto pesa esse fator sorte no câncer. 'Tempestade perfeita' permitiu surgimento de Aids, diz estudo - BBC Brasil.
Photo Album. The Cognitive Cost Of Expertise. In the 1940s, the Dutch psychologist Adrian de Groot performed a landmark study of chess experts.
Although de Groot was an avid chess amateur – he belonged to several clubs - he grew increasingly frustrated by his inability to compete with more talented players. De Groot wanted to understand his defeats, to identify the mental skills that he was missing. His initial hypothesis was that the chess expert were blessed with a photographic memory, allowing them to remember obscure moves and exploit the minor mistakes of their opponents. De Groot’s first experiment seemed to confirm this theory: He placed twenty different pieces on a chess board, imitating the layout of a possible game.
National Geographic - Inspiring People to Care About the Planet Since 1888. The Brain—Information about the Brain. 1 Introduction “I think, therefore I am.”
—René Descartes, 17th-century philosopher Few of us question the crucial importance of the brain. It is vital to our existence. Our brains enable us to think, as René Descartes so skillfully pointed out nearly 400 years ago. The brain makes up only 2 percent of our body weight, but it consumes 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 20 percent of the energy we consume. Scientists have worked for many years to unravel the complex workings of the brain. Despite these and other significant advances in the field of brain research, most of the processes responsible for the integrated functioning of billions of brain cells remain a mystery.
An essential aspect of any scientific research is communicating results to the public in a way that is easily understood. To correctly interpret the information transmitted through these venues, we need a better understanding of basic concepts related to the brain. 2 Myths and Realities about the Brain Figure 1. Red Ice Creations - A Lighthouse in the Darkness.