When considering the weird news items I come across, I’m often tempted to think “Nobody could possibly be that stupid, it just must all be satire or a joke“, and then up pop items from people who time after time prove me to be quite wrong about that. I guess I do need to come … Read moreWeekly Weird Right-Wing Fundamentalist News: 11Aug19
Sometimes when something that is so improbable and outlandish happens we might be tempted to conclude that a supernatural event has taken place. “It can be the only explanation” we might think, because the odds of it actually happening by chance are simply too great for it to have been a coincidence. I have a … Read moreA skeptics guide to supernatural occurrences
Yesterday, 8th Aug 2019, the IPCC published a Special Report on Land Use. To be a tad more precise, this is an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Work on the report was initiated back in 2016, and since then … Read moreIPCC Report: Hunger, Migration and Conflict
In has become tiresomely predictable that instead of actually addressing the issue of gun control, yet another incident results is the easy targets being attacked. “He was disturbed” and so mental illness gets the blame. “Violent video games instil a bloodlust within our society” is yet another familiar trope. One thing is more or less … Read moreDo Violent Video Games cause Gun Violence?
A couple of days ago (2nd Aug 2019) Pew released their latest data from a public poll of how much we trust scientific experts. Titled “Trust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts” it is actually rather encouraging. What exactly did they find? From a survey that they conducted in January 2019, they have … Read morePew Poll: Do we really trust Scientific Experts?