Monthly Archives: Oct 2021

No such thing as a tree

The title is obvious if you are familiar with the “no such thing as a fish” idea, first expressed by biologist Stephen Jay Gould. His point was that although there are many sea creatures most of them are not closely … Continue reading

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What’s your corpse:water ratio?

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Witches

If witches were as powerful and malevolent as the legends claim, then nobody would spend their time hunting them. The weaker the witches become, the more people become witch hunters — Rob Henderson               … Continue reading

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Doing my own research

Doing your own research is a great idea. Build a lab, hire assistants, synthesise your own medicines, recruit trial volunteers, get ethics approvals. Where this all goes wrong is when “doing your own research” means Googling until you find a … Continue reading

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Learned helplessness

I a video by Anton Petrov regarding climate change, he said: […] one of the major issues i have with the governments and I guess a lot of scientific communities communicating the issue of CO₂ release right now, is that it … Continue reading

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The recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has recovered? Background: From 2016-2020, the mainstream media expressed extreme concern about the fate of the Great Barrier Reef–a huge, beautiful underwater landscape, formed by corals and brimming with life–portraying … Continue reading

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Reenacting

It’s a surprise to see Margaret Atwood reenact her most famous work online, but at least someone has a sarcastic comment on it: So there’s this author, right, and she wrote this book – name escapes me right now – … Continue reading

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The pro-scarcity Malthusians got us here

The world has run out of energy and we will probably have all sorts of shortages in the next couple of years because of it. And we chose to do so because we listened to the pro-scarcity Malthusians that pretend … Continue reading

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Two graduate students met…

In the 1970’s two graduate students met at Princeton and decided that they would work on difficult mathematical problems with the explicit goal of having a paper published with their names on it. They knew that their names would be … Continue reading

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Be yourself

Reading some posts by Dennis Noel Kavanagh I thought a bit more about the very simple and very complicated goal of being yourself. Everyone wants to be interesting, and while some have given up others try to accomplish this by … Continue reading

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