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  • A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

    03/08/2016 6:01:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    Slate ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Engber
    [SNIP]The diminution of the Big Idea isn’t easy to accept,even for those willing to concede that there are major problems in their field.An ego depletion optimist might acknowledge that psychology studies tend to be too small to demonstrate a real effect,or that scientists like to futz around with their statistics until the answers come out right.(None of this implies deliberate fraud;just that sloppy standards prevail.)Still,the optimist would say,it seems unlikely that such mistakes would propagate so thoroughly throughout a single literature,and that so many noisy,spurious results could line up quite so perfectly.If all these successes came about by random chance,then...
  • An atheist church is raising money to buy Penn Jillette’s totally bananas house in Nevada

    12/03/2015 7:17:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 23 replies ^ | — October 10, 2015 | By Jenny McGrath
    What do you get when a magician buys an A-frame house in the desert? A sprawling, brightly colored compound that looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. It has hidden rooms, fire poles, and a place where visitors must sign in and have their mugshot taken. The Slammer is the creation of Penn Jillette. It sits on 10 acres of land in the Las Vegas desert. The residence started out as an A-frame house and grew as the magician, one half of the act Penn and Teller, added on. It has covered parking, a recording studio, a home...
  • Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results

    08/28/2015 9:40:14 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | AUGUST 27, 2015 | By Ian Sample
    A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research journals has delivered a bleak verdict on the state of the science. An international team of experts repeated 100 experiments published in top psychology journals and found that they could reproduce only 36% of original findings. The study, which saw 270 scientists repeat experiments on five continents, was launched by psychologists in the US in response to rising concerns over the reliability of psychology research. “There is no doubt that I would have loved for the effects to be more reproducible,” said Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology who...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- How to Identify that Light in the Sky

    07/10/2014 8:33:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | June 09, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is that light in the sky? Perhaps one of humanity's more common questions, an answer may result from a few quick observations. For example -- is it moving or blinking? If so, and if you live near a city, the answer is typically an airplane, since planes are so numerous and so few stars and satellites are bright enough to be seen over the din of artificial city lights. If not, and if you live far from a city, that bright light is likely a planet such as Venus or Mars -- the former of which is constrained...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • The Liberals’ War on Science (not the real one)

    03/05/2013 5:37:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Scientific American ^ | January 21, 2013 | Michael Shermer
    Believe it or not—and I suspect most readers will not—there’s a liberal war on science. Say what? We are well aware of the Republican war on science from the eponymous 2006 book (Basic Books) by Chris Mooney, and I have castigated conservatives myself in my 2006 book Why Darwin Matters (Henry Holt) for their erroneous belief that the theory of evolution leads to a breakdown of morality. … The left’s war on science begins with the stats cited above: 41 percent of Democrats are young Earth creationists, and 19 percent doubt that Earth is getting warmer. These numbers do not...
  • Bigfoot believers: faith and fakery

    04/16/2009 5:00:49 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,042+ views
    oregonlive ^ | April 16, 2009 | Jeff Baker
    After Ray Wallace died in 2002, his children revealed that he had a pair of carved wooden feet he used to stomp around the woods in Northern California, leaving tracks that he claimed belonged to Bigfoot. The disclosure should have been a blow to Bigfoot hunters everywhere, because Wallace's stories about a huge, hairy humanoid are credited with starting the Bigfoot movement. If Wallace was a practical joker, shouldn't that make those who believe in Bigfoot think twice? "You're not going to shake these people," Michael McLeod said. "They don't want to admit anything. They still deny Wallace has anything...
  • VIDEO: The Great UFO Hoax of 2009

    04/01/2009 4:17:05 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 1,031+ views
    newsweek ^ | April 01, 2009
    If you prefer to keep a little magic in your life—by which I mean believing in the possibility of UFOs—then read no further. For I am going to tell you about the latest UFO hoax.
  • VIDEO: Case closed: Those UFOs over Morristown were a hoax

    04/02/2009 9:36:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 912+ views ^ | Thursday April 02, 2009
    No need to phone home. Those red lights dancing over Morristown in recent weeks were not E.T. and his friends paying a visit. They were salesman Chris Russo of Morris Plains and science teacher Joe Rudy of Chester having a little fun. On the eSkeptic website, they reveal how they engineered the hoax with helium balloons, flares, a video camera and a call to a TV station. They write: ...despite the fact that there is still no evidence of their existence, the UFO myth is as strong today as ever, fed by cable channel shows that prop up UFO "experts"...
  • UK:UFO blamed for wrecking wind turbine after 65ft-long blade is ripped off

    01/08/2009 6:16:02 AM PST · by yankeedame · 35 replies · 845+ views ^ | 08th January 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    UFO blamed for wrecking wind turbine after 65ft-long blade is ripped off An investigation was underway today into how a wind turbine had a 65ft-long blade torn off - after locals claimed UFOs were behind it.... 4am, locals heard a ‘massive bang’ and reported lights in the vicinity of the noise. Mystery: The damaged wind turbine, with one of its blades ripped off, in Conisholme, Lincolnshire By dawn the 290ft-tall turbine was a wreck, with one of its three blades twisted while another was missing. It was later found on the ground nearby.... There were no reports of low-flying...
  • UFOs spotted by Navy engineer above the M5 motorway

    07/02/2008 4:57:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 83 replies · 161+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 7-02-08 | Lucy Cockcroft
    A Royal Navy aircraft engineer claims to have seen a "glowing" UFO hover over the M5 motorway. Michael Madden, 25, said he watched in disbelief as the disc-shaped object floated above his head before it "zoomed off at incredible speed". He said the unidentified flying object flew for up to three minutes above junction 21 of the M5, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Mr Madden was on his way back from Manchester with colleague Michael Casson, 22, at 9.50pm on Sunday June 29 when he saw the suspected 'extra-terrestrial' craft....
  • Cameron Macauley The Boy Who Lived Before

    07/16/2007 3:43:04 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 27 replies · 1,445+ views
    Extraordinatry Children ^ | july 15th, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    Ever since he was two years old and first started talking, Cameron Macauley has told of his life on the island of Barra. Cameron lives with his mum, Norma, in Glasgow. They have never been to Barra. He tells of a white house, overlooking the sea and the beach, where he would play with his brothers and sisters. He tells of the airplanes that used to land on the beach. He talks about his dog, a black and white dog. Barra lies off the western coast of Scotland, 220 miles from Glasgow. It can only be reached by a lengthy...
  • Science Becoming a Religion

    06/10/2007 6:38:21 PM PDT · by kathsua · 285 replies · 3,581+ views
    Telegraph ^ | June 10, 2007 | ReasonMcLucus
    Empirical science and religion differ in some fundamental ways. Scientists look for questions to ask. Priests (preachers, rabbis, etc) just provide answers. Science has theories that are subject to change. In 1896, physicists believed that atoms were the smallest particles of matter. A year latter J.J. Thomson overturned this theory by reporting his discovery that atoms were actually comprised of smaller charged particles he called "protons", "electrons" and "neutrons". Later research demonstrated that Thomson's particles were comprised of even smaller particles. Religion has truths that are to be accepted without question. Those who question these truths may be treated as...
  • Research at Oxford is torture

    01/13/2005 2:59:18 AM PST · by Piefloater · 11 replies · 440+ views
    The Times via The Australian ^ | January 13, 2005 | Ruth Gledhill
    PEOPLE are to be tortured in laboratories at Oxford University in a US-funded experiment to determine if belief in God is effective in relieving pain. Top neurologists, pharmacologists, anatomists, ethicists and theologians are to examine the scientific basis of religious belief and whether it is anything more than a placebo. Oxford's new Centre for the Science of the Mind is to use imaging systems to find out how religious, spiritual and other belief systems, such as an illogical belief in the innate superiority of men, influence consciousness. Researchers believe the study will provide insights into the war on terrorism. A...