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Global warming believers are feeling the heat

On Friday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivers its latest verdict on the state of man-made global warming. Though the details are a secret, one thing is clear: the version of events you will see and hear in much of the media, especially from partis pris organisations like the BBC, will be the opposite…

Popular Science Decides Internet Comments Are “Bad for Science.”

Popular Science announced today that it is shutting off comments for good. “Comments can be bad for science,” explained Suzanne LaBarre, the magazine’s online content director. She pointed to “trolls and spambots” who “overwhelm” the magazine’s efforts to “spread the word of science far and wide.” Thanks to these trolls, she went on, “the cynical…

Brain Power In Your Belly

If you’re a lover of intelligence, then it’s reasonable to assume that you’ve got some high regard for the brain. How many people would argue against the supremacy of one of our favorite and most useful organs? Modern medicine understands the head-brain to be “command central” – the place from which our entire life receives…

New Research Suggests Humans Can Sense Future Events

Wouldn’t it be nice to predict future events, even if they are just ten seconds ahead? According to researchers at Northwestern University, we can do just that. Researchers already know that our subconscious minds sometimes know more than our conscious minds. Physiological measures of subconscious arousal, for instance, tend to show up before conscious awareness…

Climate Theories Crumble as Data and Experts Suggest Global Cooling

So-called global-warming alarmists are in a frenzy after the latest climate data confirmed the Earth actually appears to be entering a potential cooling trend, sea-ice cover in Antarctica is growing to record levels, tornadoes and hurricanes are at record lows, and more. According to experts, the most recent revelations continue to make a mockery of…

Exploring the Myths of “Settled Science”

David Talbott’s recent talk at the annual meeting of the Natural Philosophy Alliance, University of Maryland, July 10-13, 2013. Is it possible that the foundational assumptions of the theoretical sciences all express a common misunderstanding—the idea that gravity alone, seen through the lens of general relativity, rules the cosmos? From cosmology, the “queen of the…

Concepts and implications of altruism bias and pathological altruism

The profound benefits of altruism in modern society are self-evident. However, the potential hurtful aspects of altruism have gone largely unrecognized in scientific inquiry. This is despite the fact that virtually all forms of altruism are associated with tradeoffs—some of enormous importance and sensitivity—and notwithstanding that examples of pathologies of altruism abound. Presented here are…