It is truly a remarkable fact that the cosmic web is more similar to the human brain than it is to the interior of a galaxy; or that the neuronal network is more similar to the cosmic web than it is to the interior of a neuronal body. Despite extraordinary differences in substrate, physical mechanisms, […]
I’m sad that the video about our solar system being a vortex is wrong.
You’ve probably seen this video which shows our solar system traveling along sideways through the galaxy, around with the planets trailing along in a corkscrew fashion. It’s beautiful and amazing… and wrong. This article by Phil Plait explains just why it’s wrong. Vortex motion: Viral video showing Sun’s motion through galaxy is wrong.
evolution. repeatable. in a lab.
well, that just about proves it then, doesn’t it? evolution in a lab
fairness is in our genes
there has been a lot said about the article i am going to quote later in this post, but none of it that i’ve seen calls out the glaringly obvious point that i’m seeing in this: Consider one more experimental example to prove the point: the ultimatum game. You are given $100 to split between […]
thirty four is closing in
tonight at midnight it becomes january 5, 2008, and i become thirty four years old. one more year and i’m middle aged. sheesh.
altruism and evolution
First, a bit of background, from John Crane’s post entitled “Who Really Believes in the Virgin Birth” Who really believes in the virgin birth? A recent survey by the Barna Research Group, asked adults what they believed about the virgin birth of Jesus—Was this story literally true or not? Across all demographic spectrums most adults […]
two atoms are walking down the sidewalk
Two atoms are walking down the sidewalk when they accidently bump into eachother. â€œI’m really sorry!â€ the first atom exclaims.â€œAre you all right?â€ â€œ Actually, no,â€ the second atom replies.â€œI lost an electron.â€ â€œOh, no! Are you sure?â€ â€œI’m positive!â€ I’m positive – Two atoms are walking down the sidewalk
any story that starts like this…
…is going bad, bad places: My friends came up on a pallet load of expired drugs from a hospital headed for the hazmat dump site. Erowid Experience Vaults: Scopolamine – Like LSD and PCP Mixed with Insanity
â€œWow, what a load of horseshit.â€
Hereâ€™s how to understand the Creation Museum: Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit. And weâ€™re not talking just your average load of horseshit; no, weâ€™re talking colossal load of horsehit. An epic load of horseshit. The kind of load of horseshit that has accreted over decades and has developed its own sort of […]
oops: little boy with matches burns down LA
Officials blamed a wildfire that consumed more than 38,000 acres and destroyed 21 homes last week on a boy playing with matches, and said they would ask a prosecutor to consider the case. The boy, whose name and age were not released, admitted to sparking the fire on Oct. 21, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. […]
10,000 Wildebeest Drown in Migration â€œPileupâ€
In a bizarre mishap that conservationists describe as â€œheartbreaking,â€ an estimated 10,000 wildebeest have drowned while attempting to cross Kenya’s Mara River during an annual migration. The deaths, which occurred over the course of several days last week, are said to account for about one percent of the total species population. The drownings created a […]