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  • How to Slam Dunk Creationists on Evolution

    08/06/2017 9:38:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 90 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | August 3, 2017 | Paul Braterman
    The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like creatures, was yet more proof of humanity’s place among the great apes. And yet Mike Pence, then a representative and now US vice president, argues for the opposite conclusion.For him, our ideas about our ancestors have changed, proving once more that evolution was a theory, and therefore we should be free to teach other theories alongside evolution in our classrooms. How to respond? The usual answer is that we should teach students the meaning of the word “theory” as used in science – that is, a hypothesis...
  • Study: to beat science denial, inoculate against misinformers' tricks (the science of lying)

    06/02/2017 1:04:31 AM PDT · by Samurai_Jack · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/4/17 | Dana Nuccitelli
    Inoculation theory suggests that exposing people to the tricks used to spread misinformation can equip them with the tools to recognize and reject such bogus claims.
  • BREAKING! Wikileaks exposes the Assassination of Scalia

    10/13/2016 2:17:19 PM PDT · by native texan · 183 replies
    Red State Watcher ^ | 10/13/2016 | Judge Jeanine Pirro
    According to new WikiLeaks emails, three days before Justice Scalia died this email was sent, using the term "wetworks" - exclusively used in Military meaning "assassination". http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=42645 US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies, aged 79. Scalia died in his sleep at age 79 on the night of February 12 or the morning of February 13, 2016, following an afternoon of quail hunting and dining at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Shafter, Texas. Conspiracy theorists suspected foul play. “We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled,” John Poindexter, the ranch owner told...
  • In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges

    07/28/2016 3:46:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/23/2015
    Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories. The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other  founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories. But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed. The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967 That all changed in the 1960s. Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The...
  • Pondering Gravitational Waves

    02/13/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/11/16 | Paul Gilster
    Pondering Gravitational Wavesby Paul Gilster on February 11, 2016 "Einstein would be beaming," said National Science Foundation director France CĂłrdova as she began this morning's news conference announcing the discovery of gravitational waves. I can hardly disagree, because we have in this discovery yet another confirmation of the reality of General Relativity. Caltech's Kip Thorne, who discussed black hole mergers way back in 1994 in his book Black Holes and Time Warps, said at the same news conference that Einstein must have been frustrated by the lack of available technologies to detect the gravitational waves his theory predicted, a lack...
  • The 'Obama is a Muslim' conspiracy theory is still reverberating in the Middle East

    01/22/2016 3:06:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/21/16 | Adam Taylor
    **SNIP** One of the most persistent and widespread of these conspiracy theories gets more specific than its American variant: Obama isn't just a Muslim, this theory goes.... he's a Shiite Muslim. This week, as the Obama administration announced that it was lifting sanctions on Iran as a result of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran reached in July, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the head of general security for the emirate of Dubai, suggested that Obama's "Shiite roots" had helped him get elected in a bid to bring the United States and Iran closer. "Mission accomplished," he added.
  • Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger

    01/09/2016 2:33:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 1/8/16 | Seth Fletcher
    Stephen Hawking's New Black-Hole Paper, Translated: An Interview with Co-Author Andrew Strominger The Harvard string theorist explains the collaboration's long-awaited research on the black-hole information paradox Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Penrose diagram for a semiclassical evaporating black hole, as presented in "Soft Hair on Black Holes." CREDIT: Prahar Mitra In the mid 1970s, Stephen Hawking made a string of unnerving discoveries about black holes—that they could evaporate, even explode, and destroy all information about what had fallen in. Physicists spent the next 40 years sorting through the wreckage. Then last year, at a...
  • What Are Quantum Gravity's Alternatives To String Theory?

    12/19/2015 7:19:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 17, 2015 | Ethan Slegel
    The Universe we know and love — with Einstein’s General Relativity as our theory of gravity and quantum field theories of the other three forces — has a problem that we don’t often talk about: it’s incomplete, and we know it. Einstein’s theory on its own is just fine, describing how matter-and-energy relate to the curvature of space-and-time. Quantum field theories on their own are fine as well, describing how particles interact and experience forces. Normally, the quantum field theory calculations are done in flat space, where spacetime isn’t curved. We can do them in the curved space described by...
  • A Fight for the Soul of Science (physicists, philosophers debate boundaries of science)

    12/17/2015 10:01:58 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 12/16/15 | Natalie Wolchover
    A Fight for the Soul of Science String theory, the multiverse and other ideas of modern physics are potentially untestable. At a historic meeting in Munich, scientists and philosophers asked: should we trust them anyway? Laetitia Vancon for Quanta MagazinePhysicists George Ellis (center) and Joe Silk (right) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich on Dec. 7. By: Natalie WolchoverDecember 16, 2015 Comments (17) Share this: facebooktwitterredditmail PDF Print Physicists typically think they “need philosophers and historians of science like birds need ornithologists,” the Nobel laureate David Gross told a roomful of philosophers, historians and physicists last week in Munich, Germany,...
  • National Geographic: 12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

    11/02/2015 11:00:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Geographic ^ | By Mark Strauss, National Geographic
    What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about Homo sapiens that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how did our ancestors acquire that certain something? The past century has seen a profusion of theories. Some reveal as much about the time their proponents lived in as they do about human evolution. 1. We Make Tools: "It is in making tools that man is unique," anthropologist Kenneth Oakley wrote in a 1944 article. Apes use found objects as tools, he explained, "but the shaping of sticks...
  • Math Mystery: Shinichi Mochizuki and the Impenetrable Proof

    10/12/2015 3:59:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 72 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 10/8/15 | Davide Castelvecchi
    A Japanese mathematician claims to have solved one of the most important problems in his field. The trouble is, hardly anyone can work out whether he's rightSometime on the morning of August 30 2012, Shinichi Mochizuki quietly posted four papers on his website. The papers were huge—more than 500 pages in all—packed densely with symbols, and the culmination of more than a decade of solitary work. They also had the potential to be an academic bombshell. In them, Mochizuki claimed to have solved the abc conjecture, a 27-year-old problem in number theory that no other mathematician had even come...
  • Latest Theory I Hear Out There: Fiorina Assigned to Take Out Trump at Debate

    09/15/2015 12:25:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 71 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | September 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's another theory going around, too. I just have to share it with you. I have no idea. I'm not on the inside with the Republican Party, and I haven't ever been, really. People have assumed, you know, that I'm the titular head of the Republican Party. If I were an ideas guy, that might be true, but I'm not, and I've never been. I've never chatted with Reince Priebus. I've never met him. I wouldn't know how to get hold of him other than look up the phone number at the RNC -- and I don't...
  • The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

    09/11/2015 11:12:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 09/02/2015
    The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a “multiverse” made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility – although it is still a matter of vigorous debate among physicists. The race is now on to find a way to test the theory, including searching the sky for signs of collisions with other universes. It is important to keep in mind that the multiverse view is not actually a theory,...
  • Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

    03/13/2015 6:10:51 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 3/12/15 | Erica Klarreich
    Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory. In 1978, the mathematician John McKay noticed what seemed like an odd coincidence. He had been studying the different ways of representing the structure of a mysterious entity called the monster group, a gargantuan algebraic object that, mathematicians believed, captured a new kind of symmetry. Mathematicians weren’t sure that the monster group actually existed, but they knew that if it did exist, it acted in special ways in particular dimensions, the first two of which were 1 and 196,883.McKay, of...
  • A New Physics Theory of Life

    12/10/2014 2:18:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 1/22/14 | Natalie Wolchover
    A New Physics Theory of Life Katherine Taylor for Quanta MagazineJeremy England, a 31-year-old physicist at MIT, thinks he has found the underlying physics driving the origin and evolution of life. By: Natalie WolchoverJanuary 22, 2014 Comments (151) print Why does life exist?Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as...
  • The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

    08/08/2014 10:53:11 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    medium.com ^ | August 5 | Paul Halpern
    When he died on September 7, 2012, theoretical physicist Claud W. Lovelace left behind a house filled with parakeets. With no family or close companions, the eccentric Rutgers professor loved to be surrounded by his colorful fine-feathered friends and listen to classical music as he contemplated the nuances of unified field theory. A loner not particularly close to his colleagues, members of the Physics and Astronomy department were astounded and delighted when he willed his entire fortune of $1.5 million to it. The funds were used to help establish endowed positions in practical fields of physics, a far cry from...
  • New Theory Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Even Exist

    06/24/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2014 | TIA GHOSE, LIVESCIENCE
    The universe shouldn't exist — at least according to a new theory. Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests."During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation — this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang," said study co-author Robert Hogan, a doctoral candidate in physics at King's College in London. "This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause the...
  • Americans Question the Big Bang

    04/25/2014 8:30:14 AM PDT · by fishtank · 165 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 4-25-14 | Brian Thomas
    Americans Question the Big Bang by Brian Thomas, M.S. * A new poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans question the Big Bang theory, and 54 percent of Americans believe that the universe is so complex that there must have been a designer.1 Mainstream scientists are not happy about it. The Associated Press-GfK poll queried Americans' confidence in a number of other issues—the genetic code's link to inherited traits, smoking's link to lung cancer—and the respondents expressed more confidence in these issues than they did in the Big Bang. According to AP, "Those results depress and upset some of America's...
  • English Professors' Moral Panic

    04/15/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If you love literature, you might find it easier to actually buy it than take a course in it. “According to the most recent comprehensive report on staffing by the Modern Language Association and the Association of Departments of English, published in 2008, English lost 3,000 tenure-track positions from 1993 to 2004, roughly 10 percent of the total,” Marc Bousquet writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Even that understates the case, since more than a third of the new tenurable hires have not been in traditional literary fields but in composition, rhetoric, theory, cultural studies, new media, and digital...
  • For Unproven Theory, Scientists Propose Unproven Solutions

    04/13/2014 12:01:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    What’s even more dubious than claims of catastrophic warming? Claims that scientists know what to do about it.The IPCC released a report warning that unless a “rapid shift” to green energy is undertaken, we’re all going to die…or, something.And even that may not be enough. The group is saying that we “might even need to enlist controversial technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”We’ll get started right away on those gigantic atmospheric scoops to remove all those offensive greenhouse gases.It’s more of the same from the IPCC, with a little more hysteria to get our juices flowing.USA Today: “There...