Category Archives: Science

Marin Vaxxers

NYT, Soumya Karlamangla, posted 2 Oct 2022, in today’s paper: Once Known for Vaccine Skeptics, Marin Now Tells Them ‘You’re Not Welcome’ Subtitled: “The wealthy California county just north of San Francisco has one of the nation’s highest Covid-19 vaccination … Continue reading

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First October: Links and Comments

Old Teeth, Hurricanes, Government support for me not thee, Andy Borowitz, Liz Truss

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Recent Features and Headlines, 14 Sept 2022

Ockham’s Razor; Randall Munroe; The best time to be alive; nephew of longtermism; political headlines.

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More on the Wars Against Education and Science

So many examples to keep up with!

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The Universe Is Enormous, and Reductionist

A couple science links (for a change) and some more endpiece. Big Think, 22 Aug 2022: This logarithmic view of the Universe will blow your mind Subtitle: “As we look to larger cosmic scales, we get a broader view of … Continue reading

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Son of Longtermism

Some 14 days ago, in this post, I linked and quoted from a NYT guest essay by William MacAskill about valuing the future as much as we value the present. Which struck me as a reasonable position to take, a … Continue reading

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Randy Olson, HOUSTON, WE HAVE A NARRATIVE

This is an interesting book that I’m disappointed by only because it’s not the book I wanted to read. That is, not the author’s fault. An interesting, useful, book nonetheless. (University of Chicago Press, 2015, trade paperback, 260pp) Olson’s book … Continue reading

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Demographic Studies: Red v Blue, Abortions, Social Services, and Mortality Gaps

Two items today that fit neatly together. They are illustrations of demographic trends that seem always to align. Red states, religion, support for authoritarian politicians, disapproval of abortion, disapproval of certain books, distrust of science, and lack of social services. … Continue reading

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Intercessory Prayer and Science

About a month ago I put together a post in part about how belief in prayer reflects a fundamental inability to understand cause and effect in the real, actual, physical world; that post is here. I had a current link … Continue reading

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Climate Change Denial and Christian Nationalists

Today, links about the threats, to American democracy and the survival of the planet, from conservatives, especially the religious ones. NYT, Paul Krugman, 4 July 2022: Another Step Toward Climate Apocalypse

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