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  • Astro Gnome

    Star Wars and the Parsec Palaver: Even if George Lucas did mean to use “parsec” as a unit of distance, he’s STILL wrong.

    Star Wars and the Parsec Palaver: Even if George Lucas did mean to use “parsec” as a unit of distance, he’s STILL wrong.

    Trigger warning: This article explains basic geometry and science, with the unfortunate downside of demonstrating that Star Wars is wrong about something, and that the fan boys don’t know what they’re on about. Expect heated comments from angry fans who lack the ability to understand reality, or have a sense of humour, below 😉 OK, it’s time to bury this […]

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    A Tale of 2 Alberts: A light crisis in physics and Gravitational waves

    A Tale of 2 Alberts: A light crisis in physics and Gravitational waves

    When Cal asked me to write a post about the LIGO announcement regarding the long awaited direct detection of gravitational waves, I had to take some time to think about how to approach it. I realise this is a few weeks after the announcement, but luckily I can piggy-back on Einstein’s birthday celebrations. I could try to give you an […]

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  • Bio Inspiration

    March Against Monsanto are also anti vax?

    Anyone following Myles Powers YT channel is sure to at least be aware of March Against Monsantos anti GMO stance. Now that’s all  I thought they were against, until I checked their webpage, and I came across this article. Turns out they are anti vaccines as well.   They refer to CDC “whistleblower”, Dr. William Thompson. The conspiracy was about […]

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    An Application of GMOs that’s not all Pork (I’m sorry)

    An Application of GMOs that’s not all Pork (I’m sorry)

    So for GM March, I thought I’d make a GM blog that’s not about GM crops.   Insulin is a very important hormone produced by specialised cells located in patches in the pancreas known as the Islets of Langerhands. People who either can no longer produce it (Type 1 diabetes) or do not respond well to it (Type 2 diabetes) […]

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  • The Godless Wolf

    “Is God Dead?” Script

    This was the first time in my life I wrote a script. I wrote this script in response to the 2014 film God’s Not Dead. The movie was entirely unrealistic (ex. a Philosophy professor would not do this to their class), so it needed a harsh push into reality. It was also too stereotypical, as well as inaccurate. Example, the […]

    No, I do not “borrow” from the Christian worldview

    No, I do not “borrow” from the Christian worldview

    I’ve been wanting to make a blog post about this for some time, back when this form of argument was widely used by apologists, but better late then never. I’ve often heard presuppositionists and creationist apologists throw this argument around when discussing about logic, science and morality: “Your just borrowing from my worldview.” Every time I hear this kindergarten type […]

  • The Devil's Dumplings: Musings from Atop the Spike

    You Don’t Speak for Me

    You Don’t Speak for Me

    I know I wasn’t going to talk about politics but something has been happening that I have to comment on. In the current race to nomination to represent the parties in the upcoming presidential election there has been a lot of attempted romancing happening, by all parties. We expect to see this, as voters. We expect to be romanced when […]

    The Fingertip Rule

    The Fingertip Rule

    Among my many attributes, I usually list that I am a mother (and pretty high on the list, I mean it’s not like they are going anywhere anytime soon) to three teenagers. My daughter, being the only girl and in the middle of the three, has been having trouble in school. Not with learning. Quite the opposite, actually. She’s bored […]

  • Skeptical Inquests

    The Dangers of Anti-Vaxxers and Bad News Reporting (Guest Post by Niels Böge Nothdurft)

    The Dangers of Anti-Vaxxers and Bad News Reporting (Guest Post by Niels Böge Nothdurft)

    This is another guest post written by Niels Böge Nothdurft from Denmark. In this post, Niels discusses the popular fears surrounding the Gardasil vaccine in Denmark and how inaccurate and sensationalistic reporting in the news media contributed to these fears and helped promote dangerous anti-vaccination pseudoscience.   The number of Danish women who get the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil […]

    Rock ‘n’ Reverse: Skeptical Lessons from the Backward Masking Scare

    Rock ‘n’ Reverse: Skeptical Lessons from the Backward Masking Scare

    “Just ‘cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.” ~ Radiohead, “There There”   In the campy 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, directed by Michael Martin Smith and written by Rhet Topham, a devil-worshiping rock star named Sammi Curr meets an untimely death in a mysterious hotel fire. His biggest fan, a high school student with no friends and […]

  • Brad OH Inc.

    The Polarizing Debate Around Gun Control

    Nobody wants to get shot. That, at the least, is something I believe we can all agree on. Wanting other people to get shot might be a different story, but let’s take what we can get. There is virtually no one out there eager to catch a bullet when walking down the street—or to see their loved ones do so. […]

    There Are Clowns?

    There are Clowns, Among the trees, In fields and bushes, Where nobody sees.  There are Clowns, Out for the young, Bent on killing their songs, Long before they are sung.   There are Clowns, Outside of the school, Their hellish grins asking, Just who is the fool? But there are Clowns in police cars, And Clowns in the courts, Clowns on […]