Author Archives: sciencepolice2010

Causation, Correlation, And The Perfection Of Science

The Director of STATS.org, a professor of mathematical sciences, wrote in Causation vs Correlation, how journalists and others have the problem of how one establishes causality – and avoid misleading the public. Though a controlled study? Say for example you … Continue reading

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Hey! A May Hay Holiday! Kiri Bloom Walden and Helen Castor

Perhaps an hour spent laughing at badstockphotosofmyjob late on Monday night prepared me for a bit of frivolity, so when I noticed Helen Castor was talking at the Hay festival the next day, I checked out the programme of speakers. … Continue reading

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Sabine hasn’t killed Popper

Sabine Hossenfelder – the phenomenology of quantum gravity – has I’m glad to say an interest in philosophy of science… and a popular blog called Backreaction. In her areas of interest, as in mine, there are problems, but in hers … Continue reading

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Steve Jones Says Low Human Diversity Due To Cultural Evolution

Aaaarghgh!!!!! But let’s keep calm and start from the beginning… Your DNA is much more like mine than it should be. There should be variation within a species – there should be because it helps any species survive under challenging … Continue reading

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Isn’t Nature Wonderful!? #001 Praying Mantis and Hummingbird

Put together from the New York Times online article about Tom Vaughan’s pictures:

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Ornithoscelida. Note to Matt Baron on Baron et al.

Hi Matt Baron, Nice to see your work, because it shows what happens in a divergence investigation when you exclude types that lived too long afterwards, which had accumulated numerous interfering irrelevant characters. This is something I’d advocated on forums … Continue reading

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Brussatte’s Pseudoscience in Science 2017

Brussatte continues to occupy a position supposed to be used by a scientist, and has been allowed to write yet another piece of rubbish in Science. He’s commented further on it in Phys.org. What a mess. To understand the evolution … Continue reading

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