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The cure for pseudoscience: alternative medicine

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
I just saw my colleague Paul Strode, with whom I wrote a book a few years ago. Knowing my interest in pseudoscience, Mr. Dr. Science Teacher (the name of his blog) directed me to his article Acupuncture Study as a Cure for Pseudoscientific Thinking. The article is, I think, really two articles. The first describes an experiment that his students perform, but he sets it up so that they generally overlook one important variable. The... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Chapman's Peak

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Photograph by Neil Taylor. Photography contest, finalist. A group of (shortly to be long distance running*) Homo sapiens enjoying the sunset at Chapman’s Peak, Capetown. Chapman’s Peak is an offshoot to Table Mountain and hence has the same geology. There is a famous and very beautiful road between Noordhoek and Hout Bay which has been cut right into the vertical cliff which makes up the southern side of the peak. The photo is at one... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Lyssomanes viridis

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Photograph by Al Denelsbeck. Photography contest, runner-up. Lyssomanes viridis – magnolia green jumping spider, juvenile female. All jumping spiders have excellent binocular vision for use in obtaining food, but since the cornea is a fixed part of the exoskeleton, the eyes must move internally. With the magnolia green jumpers, the exoskeleton is translucent enough to allow the internal movement of the eyes to be seen, and they can move independently. I had captured this one... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Creationists evolve "new" arguments to explain genetic diversity

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Guest post by David MacMillan. David MacMillan is an author, engineer, and researcher who formerly wrote for Answers in Genesis before obtaining his degree in physics. He now writes about science and culture for Panda’s Thumb, the Huffington Post, and several other blogs. In the buzz of excitement surrounding Opening Day at the Ark Encounter, the team of writers at Answers in Genesis continues their struggle to explain how all terrestrial life could have been... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Slot canyon in soft bentonite clay

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
2016 Contest Winner. Bentonite clay, by Alan Rice. Slot canyon in soft bentonite clay – Panaca formation, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Happy 272nd birthday, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Lamarck!

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
And the 1st of August is his birthday. I will list some of his real biological achievements below the fold, and dispell some myths. We've discussed this every year, so I will keep this short. Suffice it to say that the inscription on his statue in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris declares that he was the "Fondateur de la doctrine de l'évolution", and there is a good argument that he really was.... Joe Felsenstein http://evolution.gs.washington.edu/felsenstein.html
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Rob Asher on "Did Arabic Scholars Discover Evolution in the Ninth Century?"

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Rob Asher of the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology has an interesting post up at HuffPo on “Did Arabic Scholars Discover Evolution in the Ninth Century?” Here’s the beginning: One thousand years ago, when the United States of America did not exist and Oxford and Cambridge were backwaters of ignorance, the light of human reason shone brightly in places like Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad. During the Abbasid caliphate for much of the 8th through... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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The problem with science is naturalism

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Curious article Is scientific research flawed? on the AIG website. The author, Callie Joubert, is identified only by name and has no bio. The article correctly enumerates some of the problems with science, particularly medicine, and blames conflict of interest, competition, and so on – the usual suspects. The author also notes two papers in physics, the Bicep2 experiment in Antarctica and the “superluminal neutrinos at the Swiss-Italian border.” Both papers apparently had drawn erroneous... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Photography Contest VIII: Finalists

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
Here are the finalists of the 2016 photography contest. We received 38 photographs from 14 photographers. We had considerable difficulty choosing a half-dozen finalists – most of the pictures were excellent, as you will no doubt see during the coming months. We finally enlisted our wife to help with the choices, which are displayed below the proverbial fold. Unfortunately, the submissions did not lend themselves to being divided into categories, so we present one general... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolution Misconceptions on the Fuzzy Logic Science Show (podcast link)

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
One thing I’ve loved about living in Australia this past year is how much more generally pro-science the culture seems to be (PT blogmeister Reed Cartwright was just in Canberra to visit collaborators, but sadly he forgot Prof. Steve Steve). We have the annual Australian National Science Week coming up next month – can you even imagine having a National Science Week in the United States? Another thing I’ve loved is how there seem to... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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Atheist group warns public schools against field trips to Ark Park ...

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-09-07 07:49
… and Ark Park responds predictably. More specifically, the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a “warning” to more than 1000 school districts in Kentucky and neighboring states, advising them against field trips to the Ark Park. The Ark Park, says FFRF, is a Christian ministry (as opposed to an educational museum), and they quote Ken Ham as having penned a letter, “Our Real Motive for Building Ark Encounter,” in which he writes: Our motive is... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Darwin's Doubt, Signature in the Cell Will Be Audiobooks; Hear the Prologue to Darwin's Doubt Now!

While we don't yet have release dates, we do have something to whet your appetite. Evolution News & Views
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How the Body Deals with Gravity

The human body is an inherently unstable object that needs to take control to stay balanced. Howard Glicksman
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The Human Cost of Animal Rights Fanaticism

Animal rights activists associated with PETA set up Dr. Edward Taub as an animal abuser. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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New Book by Michael Denton, Fire-Maker, Is the Perfect Companion to Tom Wolfe's Kingdom of Speech

Fire-making and spoken language are the two artifacts of human culture that, more than any other, have made civilization possible. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Intelligent Design, from Cicero to Kant

Darwin himself sought to overcome his own design intuition. Sarah Chaffee
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Jerry Coyne Ain't Huggin' Mother Teresa's Grave

Today, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Michael Egnor
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Forced Reeducation for MDs Who Don't Want to Kill

Bioethicists would require doctors to perform community service for their thought crime and to attend reeducation classes. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Douglas Axe: The Work of Intelligent Design Is Just Beginning

Until now, biology has been deformed by the requirement that all answers be framed in materialist terms. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Bioethics "Consensus Statement" Would Force Doctors to Kill and Abort

The question of medical conscience -- as a subset of religious liberty -- is going to be one of the most contentious issues facing us in the next decade. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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