God and other fictional characters

There is a series of movies entitled “Gods Not Dead”, and also “Gods not Dead 2”. Apparently there is also a third in the series that might at some point appear. If you are religious then you will indeed mark these down as “Inspirational”. If however you are a movie critic … not so much. … Read more God and other fictional characters

Claim: Rogue Planet on Collision course with earth

Hopefully your BS detector just tripped when you read the subject line. Just in case it did not, then I’ll give it a gentle nudge by telling you that the sources for all of this comes via media outlets such as The Express, the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Mirror. Their ultimate source is … Read more Claim: Rogue Planet on Collision course with earth

Children ‘at risk’ in Christian fundamentalist schools in the UK

The subject line “Children ‘at risk’ in Christian fundamentalist schools in the UK” might appear to be an anti-religious rant, but this an official warning that has been issued by Ofsted as part of their response to evidence raised by journalists working for the UK’s Independent. Previous Revelations In June 2016, The Independent ran this story … … Read more Children ‘at risk’ in Christian fundamentalist schools in the UK

Why is there a ‘reality gap’?

Much is being written about fake news and so there has been a dawning realisation that we live in an age where there is a very distinct reality gap. Steve Benen writes on MSNBC about how disconnected some are from reality. He describes it as follows … what struck me as especially notable about the … Read more Why is there a ‘reality gap’?

How many get fooled when Fake News goes viral?

Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist blogger who used to be a maths teacher, plucks out a gem regarding fake news going viral from a presentation by blogger Dan Meyer. Dan’s keynote presentation is mostly a talk by a maths teachers to other teachers, hence Hemant’s interest. Be warned, unless you are into teaching, it will mostly … Read more How many get fooled when Fake News goes viral?

Daily Mail Fake Claim: El Nino drove 2016 record temperatures – #climate #rebuttal

The Daily Mail recently (on 26th Nov) published the following claim … Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions  Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C  Comes amid mounting evidence run of record temperatures about to end … Read more Daily Mail Fake Claim: El Nino drove 2016 record temperatures – #climate #rebuttal