Monthly Archives: February 2013

New Scientist Still Selling You Naive Science

Recently, New Scientist published a feature on evolution: “Find The Gaps – The Hunt For Evolution’s Missing Links” by one of their longstanding favourites, the biologically unqualified Jeff Hecht. It tried to sum up the evolutionary trail by highlighting moments … Continue reading

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The Wiki-Wankers 2 – Nathan Awrich

“O, these deliberate fools! When they do choose, They have their wisdom by their wit to lose.” [Portia: The Merchant of Venice] So when you see misdeeds on Wikipedia pages dealing with issues important to you, and you want to … Continue reading

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The Wiki-Wankers 1 – Matt Martynuik

The Wiki-workers and their amazing knowledge-optimisation strategy (?) Ever wondered how Wikipedia can be so reliable? Or indeed if the curious workforce of amateur wiki-elves really has reliably husbanded the world’s knowledge? Maybe you’ve found that as with newspapers, Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Popper’s Black Swan A Red Herring, Not A Menace

In “Popper’s falsification” Nov 12th 2021, rrameez tells us of a dirty swan he saw in Delft. This was a problem because its “black swan” status was uncertain. Was it really a black swan, in which case we could refute … Continue reading

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How Do Jets Work? It’s TRUE They ARE Rather Weird!

Last year, James “Vacuum Cleaner” Dyson said on TV that the fan at the back of a jet is what supplies the thrust. Happily, this year, a history lady on the TV set us straight, telling us the fan at … Continue reading

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