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Go to: Unsung Heroes, Obscure Scientists

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Alice Hamilton, one of the founders of modern industrial hygene.

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:00:49 UTC | #947866

Go to: Why We Don't Believe in Science

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Comment 21 by Red Dog :

I knew I wasn't going to like this article just from the title. This is a common device in modern US journalism. Never ending articles on why "we" do or don't like this or that. And almost inevitably I find myself saying "who's we sucker?" I agree with Alan4Discussion and others, the reasoning here is weak. There is nothing at all intuitive about saying the earth is 6K years old and the author seems to be reading an awful lot into a few second (or msecond?) delay.

This is the last time I'll promote the book, but I think a much better explanation is in Robert Trivers book The Folly of Fools about human self deception. Many humans are intellectually lazy. They seek out information that confirms their pre-existing beliefs and discount information that contradicts them. They also are less likely to be receptive to ideas that would put them outside the shared beliefs of their friends and family.

Of course for us misanthropes that's not an issue.

Let me see if I get this right, Clyde. Upon reading an article that discusses how humans have a tendancy to cling to older bad information instead of replacing it with newer good information, that it takes effort to supress the knee-jerk desire to reject new information-- upon reading that article you REJECTED its new information in favor of your favored pet theory?

Hmmmm.....

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 22:08:07 UTC | #946652

Go to: Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

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So the moderate muslims are in Canada? Good to know.

I'll add my voice to the idea that this is a step in the right direction, and I especially like the part in the preamble that implies that secular law authority will drop the hammer on you shold you break the law.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:47:45 UTC | #916075

Go to: Why Do So Many Have Trouble Believing In Evolution?

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With presidential elections loom here in the US, I hae to point out the unpleasant fact that all those evolution-deniers can vote. And don't think that the politcal machines don't pander to them.

I know you guys on this board like dogging Chris Mooney, but the man's got a point that changing hearts and minds is a complex task, and since all those hicks can vote you need to figure out how to change those fundamental numbers. If you just bitch about stupid people are, they'll just vote for whatever anti-science demagogue will give you the biggest middle finger.

That said, the reason most religious people don't belive (or accept, for all you purity trolls out there) evolution is what Steve Zara said. No evolution, no Adam and Eve, no Fall, no need for Jesus Christ, no need for Christianity.

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 02:38:22 UTC | #910042

Go to: Poop-Throwing Chimps Provide Hints of Human Origins

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I've often thought that the ability to throw things fairly accuratley (and more importantly to do so while you are frightened or excited) is a remarkablly human thing.

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 19:04:50 UTC | #895364

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