Another blow to pseudoscience — vaccines are safe. From the Associated Press and ABC News.
Apparently printing money does not cause inflation.
This article from Bloomberg contains the quote of the century: “The idea that just the act of printing money gets you inflation has been debunked.”
Mark it down, people. Today is the day the Keynesians claimed victory over the consequences of inflation.
An article from researchers at USC establishing how lowering caloric intake can prolong your life: fasting will boost your immune system.
A very informative article about how to identify and avoid pseudoscience and cult-like phenomena…
Autism and more bogus research: an illuminating article from ScienceBasedMedicine.org. It exposes PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and their use of incomplete and spurious data to attempt to establish a link between dairy products and autism.
I’m nonplussed by the fact these witch hunts persist. I wonder if PETA understands the potential long-term implications of this sort of nonsense on their reputation?
This great article from Wired Magazine suggests we are approaching the high temperature superconductor.
It is the holy grail of energy transfer. It would arguably be the biggest scientific advance in 100 years. Needless to say, this gets me pretty excited!
More good news… Washington strikes down ban on gay marriage.
From the New York Times: One in four adults in the world is antisemitic
This is completely shameful and unacceptable. How long before before humans evolve away from this kind of ignorance?
An India court rules in favor of rape within a marriage. The argument is that forced sex in an arranged marriage is (and should be) legal. The ruling is appalling and completely unforgivable. This has no place at any time in history — but certainly not the 21st century.
Very good news, as the NFL gets its first openly gay player.
Good news for privacy rights: New Hampshire Passes Anti-spy Bill
A great article from Lifehacker on how to stop trying to be happy — and just being happy.
I fail to understand how western powers have much cachet when it comes to demanding that Russian-speaking people should be prevented from democratically deciding their own fates. But, in the midst of threatened economic sanctions, it looks like Russia is moving Treasuries offshore.
If Russia decides to support the Ruble by dumping U.S. debt, it could be the start of a colossal meltdown in Treasuries.
Video: TMBTITU (the first) Writes and Performs Her First Song. I am very, very lucky…
Forgive your mistakes (and others’) each night for less stress…
Is it too late to get involved with Bitcoin?
Finally, Janet Yellen admits inflation may be a problem.
One of the most powerful financial minds of our time, Mohamed El-Erian Praises Bitcoin. From The Guardian.
A good article from Slate Magazine taking Lousiana Governer Bobby Jindal to task over more comparisons between same-sex and racism issuses.
This is a fascinating four-part series on the history of mathematics, from the BBC. Hosted by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy. I highly recommend it.
The British crown gives long overdue pardon to Alan Turing, posthumously, for his “crime” of homosexuality. Turing was one of the most gifted mathematicians of the 20th century, and was instrumental in break Nazi codes — giving the allies major advantages against the Nazis. He is considered by many to be the father of modern computers.
For his contributions, the British government committed the atrocity of chemically castrating Turing, which led him to commit suicide in 1954.
Enemies of genetically modified foods go rogue after a GMO (genetically modified organism) bill is defeated in Washington state. Read this great coverage from Forbes Magazine.
When is this hysterical witch hunt going to end? Genetically modified foods increase crop yields, reduced the need for pesticides, and help fight global starvation. Beyond that, Darwinian natural selection has been genetically modifying organisms for hundreds of millions of years!
From the Washington Post: NSA Broke the Law Thousands of Times Per Year
A big day for gay rights! The new Catholic Pope signals support for homosexuality.
This is a follow-up article from the New York Times on the horrific research that caused sheer panic among parents. The aftermath illustrate the consequences of refusing to vaccinate children.
Another tremendous BBC documentary hosted by Jim Al Khalili – The History of Electricity.
I was so entranced I watched all three episodes back to back.
Barack Obama flip-flops on same-sex marriage. From ABC News.
At least he’s on the right side of the argument. Finally.
On YouTube, this is a PBS documentary series about DNA.
It is in five parts (this link is part one). It is easily the most comprehensive, understandable, thorough presentation on the subject I’ve ever seen.
I highly recommend it.
Genetically Modified Foods Can Save Millions of Children. From Slate Magazine.
It’s time to put the drama, the panic, and the mania behind us. People need to participate in facts, not witch hunts. Pseudoscience is toxic.
This is an incredible BBC documentary: Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili — the Iraqi physicist (who is also an atheist).
I cannot recommend this two part series enough. Brilliant.
In this short video, Christopher Hitchens revises the Ten Commandments for Vanity Fair.
It is one of the most hilarious and brilliant things he ever did — one of my all-time favorites.
Good news! WordPress now accepts Bitcoin!
Cryptocurrencies are gaining more and more acceptance…
The Myth of Isolationism: A country’s unwillingness to engage in foreign wars does not make it “isolationist.” The Swiss economy is hardly “isolated.”
Using the Large Hadron Collider, scientists have found the elusive Higgs boson — the “God” Particle.
A great article about the one-electron Universe, John Archibald Wheeler, and Richard Feynman.
This is a phenomenal (short) YouTube video of Sam Harris on interpreting biblical scripture
Gay marriage: a step in the right direction: New York allows same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state to pass it as law.
The fallacy of paper currency: this is a great article from the Mises Institute, regarding the failure of Iceland’s currency, why it happened, and how it will ultimately strike all fiat currencies (including the almighty dollar).
This is an extremely thorough follow-up exposé: the full New York Times article on autism fraud Andrew Wakefield.
What is more dangerous than refusing to inoculate a child against deadly diseases?
Just in case the Fed fails to manage the dollar correctly, Virginia Considers a Replacement for the Dollar.
From Google, of course: Internet for the whole solar system!
Exploring transhumanism… the future of humanity and machines.
A brilliant Ted Talk by David Deutsch: A New Way to Explain Explanation.
He touches on the Popper’s use of falsification, and how we can rely more on theories that are difficult to replace.
The meticulous and resolute absurdity of the religious credo:
If you believe, it is because you have naively applied a faith that requires no evidence or confirmation.
If you do not believe, it can only be because you obstinately refuse to accept the dubiousness of faith without evidence (and you will burn in hell for eternity).
Heads I win, tails you lose.
The British doctor who began this dangerous witch hunt has been banned from practicing medicine, after it is established that he created a fraudulent link between autism and vaccines.
An artificial black hole created in order to catch atoms.
From scientists at UC Santa Barbara: parallel universes proved to exist.
The most beautiful thing in the universe and Papa duet… testing podcast settings by singing a song together…
Time Travel is Possible, but there are rules…
A great TED talk from the brilliant linguist Steven Pinker, showing that violence is declining. Pinker has had a huge influence on my perspective… highly recommended!
A scientist establishes that RNA can be be assembled with no creative actor: nucleotides can spontaneously form. This could be the original source of all life on Earth.
It isn’t surprising that believers entrench. Rejecting religion is terrifying. It means losing old networks: relationships, churches, and possibly even jobs. After years of nurturing these environments, it is no longer just about questioning faith; acceding to rationality and reason could very well become an issue of losing everything.