Category Archives: Bad Science

#2 To bee or not to bee?

Avaaz is a global grass-roots lobbying organisation. They are the biggest of the new wave of groups taking full advantage of the internet to help individuals like you and me connect with others with similar views so as to more … Continue reading

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Did you think cold winters meant we were off the hook?

More fool you: The problem with scientific research is that we can extrapolate trends moderately well, but we aren’t very good at specifics. We can confidently state that the world is getting hotter, on average, year by year and that … Continue reading

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You’ll find me in two, three and, occasionally, seven.

The above image from Neuroskeptic details the nine circles of scientific hell with the punishments the author deems reasonable. Neuroskeptic makes the point that in Dante’s original poem there was space for all men in Hell because even good people … Continue reading

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Someone tell Vince Cable we can’t do time travel yet.

Ok, ok, I know. I said I was going on holiday, and I am, after just this one more post… Isn’t it always the way that something really important always happens just as you’re walking away from the office? Yesterday … Continue reading

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Time to stop the “debate”?

I am tired of reading the same rubbish spouted by climate denialists wherever a news agency publishes a story on climate change and then leaves it open for comment. The pattern is always the same: some idiot unthinkingly repeats a … Continue reading

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Three cups, one oil spill and a lot of balls

Today, agencies are reporting the wonderful news that 75% of the 4.9 million barrels of spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has miraculously just disappeared (mostly by evaporation and dispersal). Phew, that is good news isn’t it? There’s no … Continue reading

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I am unimpressed by David Willetts.

David Willetts is our new science minister. Apparently he thinks the best way to drive the scientific innovation that will be a leading cause of the¬†economic¬†recovery, when it comes, is to voluntarily step down from being world leaders in blue-sky … Continue reading

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Evil

Some days the news seems to come at you in a solid wall of sickening tales of human behaviour. I don’t believe in evil, although I do believe in evil acts. I don’t believe a fully-functioning and mentally sound human-being … Continue reading

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Denialism

There is one aspect of denialism that really busts my noggin. I find it so hard to get my mind around that I struggle to even put it into words, but I’ll have a go. Why is it that all … Continue reading

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A brace of videos on the most bracing of energy solutions.

When I watch videos like this, I want to shout from the roof top in frustration “WHY AREN’T WE ALREADY DOING THIS?!” In the light of the ongoing and increasingly worrisome Horizon oil spill it becomes even more relevant. I’d … Continue reading

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