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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]