A little over a year ago I decided to take a look at some pseudo-science brought to us by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. Scott likes to fancy himself knowledgeable on persuasion because he is a “trained hypnotist,” which does not follow logically. I read through this old post of mine and found this excerpt … More Revisiting Hypno-Bert and Political Persuasion
The topic of climate change continues to be the subject of much debate. The debate, though, seems largely unwarranted. Experts in climate science are near unanimous in agreement that the current changes to the Earth’s climate are driven by increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gasses (gasses that trap heat), and the subsequent increases in … More Climate Science, Expertise, & Skepticism
President Donald Trump made a statement from the White House on June 1st that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement. There are many strong opinions on either side of this argument; however in my mind only one side of this argument has the majority of facts and evidence to … More It’s Getting Hot In Here!
Moments ago POTUS formally announced the planned US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. I don’t have words for this decision. Instead, I will share this statement from President Barack Obama.
For people concerned with the trajectory of the US it is becoming ever more difficult to key the proverbial eye on the ball. Whether out of strategic intent as some postulate or out of near-deranged narcissism or dementia, Trump and company keep the hits coming to the point that journalists, pundits, and armchair bloggers can … More Distraction
Last evening I watched the movie “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. In the film, 12 alien spacecraft mysteriously appear on Earth at various locations including the United States, Russia, the ocean off the coast of China, Sudan, Pakistan, Denmark, Japan, Sierra-Leone, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and Australia. I have always been … More Trump Hates “The Aliens.” Believe me.
We’ve heard a great deal about fake news in the last 18 months. One would think that “news” that was obviously fake would not survive long in the information age, but instead it seems to thrive. The hoax-checking site Snopes – which has itself been attacked (or satired, I supposed) by fake news sites – … More Confirmation Bias
Despite our routine focus on medications, diet is profoundly important in maintaining overall health. Here are a couple of recent examples of articles that help reinforce the significance diet plays: Scientific American wrote about a key amino acid, Valine, and its potential role in helping with treatment of blood cancer without necessitating radiation or chemotherapy. … More Science and Nutrition
The incoming presidential team made a recent inquiry into the Department of Energy, requesting information on individuals involved in climate research. This was taken as indication of a potential purge of personnel who might support an energy policy that assumes man-made climate change is real (as do the overwhelming majority of climate experts in the … More Energy Future?
For something different, I thought it might be fun to take a direct swipe at self-described minor celebrity Scott Adams. Mr. Adams, if you don’t already know, is the creator of Dilbert, a moderately funny syndicated comic that has been around since 1991-ish. Over time, Adams has successfully expanded the Dilbert empire, which now includes … More Hypno-Bert and Political Persuasion