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Game Night

March 6th, 2017|Just Thinking|

  March 6, 2017 - Television is an isolating time waster. We plant ourselves in a comfortable seat, all face the same direction, and watch intently. We break the spell only briefly every twenty minutes or so (less if we are streaming video or watching prerecorded shows) for a snack, a bathroom visit, or to [...]

Opinions vs Fact

January 15th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017, Just Thinking|

January 15, 2016 - All too often when I find myself in a debate about something science based where the other party holds a strongly opposing view that is not based on good science, a stalemate is reached where my opponent flings out that most hated retort “I have a right to my opinion! You [...]

Repost: Cleanse yourself of the detox hype

January 14th, 2017|Just Thinking|

In a conversation before Christmas I was asking what others were doing in the New Year. One individual said to me "Oh, after Christmas we are going to do a detox cleanse, I think it's a good way to start the year." I hope my inside voice didn't betray itself with any outward look of "how stupid". I [...]

Caution Speed Bump Ahead

May 12th, 2016|Just Thinking|

I can find a metaphor in just about anything. Maybe it's something that goes along with enjoying staring through a camera lens. Or maybe my mind just works in strange ways. Regardless, where most would see a warning to slow down, I see a metaphor for my life. Caution Speed Bump Ahead. Today was no [...]

Repost: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

May 11th, 2016|Just Thinking|

  It seems that we have entered a period of blissfully willful ignorance. The internet has provided us with a wealth of information, much of it completely erroneous, from which we can draw and bolster our arguments. The problem is that many of our arguments are irrational, flawed, and based on cognitive biases (predominantly confirmation [...]

Memories of your childhood home

January 31st, 2016|Just Thinking|

January 31, 2016 - There is the home you came from, and the home you created. The home I came from isn't home anymore. Neither the city, nor the houses that were called home. (It's rather neat that my childhood best friend now lives in the original home though) It's different, I'm different. And the differences [...]

Repost: Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience

January 22nd, 2016|Just Thinking|

We are exposed to so much pseudoscience every day of our lives. Religion, media, marketing, politics.... You know the old adage, "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is". It's right up there with "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience Rory Coker, Ph.D. The word "pseudo" means fake. The surest [...]

The Stupidity of Science

January 22nd, 2016|Just Thinking|

I always find it interesting how there seems to be a societal expectation that if you get a PhD you will either become a University professor, or live in the world of research for the rest of your life. I’ve been asked why I continue to want to work for the government, all things considered. [...]