Maryann Thompson argues that there’s a problem with all scientific findings.

A look at the oil industry reinvigorated with the new oil boom. I was reliably informed in the 1980’s that by now we would be about half-way to powering things with physical labor again.

Kansas is using debt relief to boost its rural population. It is underreported how much of the unemployment has hit cities and how the rural states – even the struggling ones – tend to have lower unemployment.

Christopher Beam from Slate points out that the Chinese aren’t just copying foreign products, they’re improving on them.

While Half Sigma has pointed out, our failure to discuss HBD arguably feeds into broader social problems, but this [NYT] is one of my main concerns of fighting the common perception of random distribution. {Comment with care.}

Ken Popehat has a great piece on how to confront people carrying the banner of dubious science. I believe that one of the reasons that Young Earth Creationism is so influential is the behavior of its critics.

How carmakers are making hybrids cheaper. This is about the only thing that gives me hope for Obama’s sky-high CAFE standards proposal.

At some point, I want to go back and learn a lot more about what we (think we) know about neanderthals.

Verizon is expanding 4G into Twin Falls, Idaho. Twin Falls, Idaho. When we talk about how crappy our cell coverage is, the fact that they make the effort to expand into Twin Falls, Idaho, should be a part of the conversation.

I’ve been waiting a long time to read about things like this. Outside of super-economical places like Walmart, there’s not much reason that a lot of these places can’t try more to blend in.

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  1. Φ says:

    I enjoyed the popehat article, but I was confused by the writer’s framing of the popehat conflict between “skeptics” and alternative medicine. No doubt the alt med folks consider themselves the real skeptics. I also wasn’t clear on whether or not alt med folks had actually been sued in England.

    Bringing up the issue of Young Earth Creationism in this context made me think of the Neanderthal article. The article says, inter alia, that modern humans started leaving Africa “at least 100,000 years ago.” Now, I’m no expert, but I did read Nick Wade’s book Before the Dawn, plus The Ten Thousand Year Explosion by I forget whom. Both of these books, IIRC, put the out of Africa migration at closer to 50,000 years ago. So . . . why the change? What new evidence made anthropologists double the estimate? If evolutionists want to increase their credibility with creationists, it would help if they didn’t pass off as “scientific facts” numbers that didn’t change with almost every publication.

  2. trumwill says:

    If evolutionists want to increase their credibility with creationists, it would help if they didn’t pass off as “scientific facts” numbers that didn’t change with almost every publication.

    I have to agree that the degree of certainty exuded does sometimes eat at the credibility. My understanding though is that it is often a portrayal issue. That, at least for evolution, they are more inclined to admit that there is a lot of guesswork when it comes to the specifics.

    I do assume there is a reason for the revised estimate. But I’d also assume that there are reasons to believe that a lot of the things we “know” will be revised in the future. The same way it works with nutrition, except with less observable information.

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