The way peer review works is broken, according to a new finding by John Ioannidis and colleagues in their article “Why Current Publication Practices May Distort Science”. The authors liken acceptance of […]
Start squirreling away nuts?
[Update: yes, there has been a title change. The old one was stupid.] The other day, some weather geek friends of mine and I were exchanging emails about the early snow that […]
TV…no, wait…rain causes autism
A few months ago we looked at a paper that purported to show that watching TV causes autism. Well, that paper has finally been peer reviewed, and therefore published. It’s making the […]
Michael Crichton and SETI
Michael Crichton, as you will have heard by now, is dead. Unfortunately. The Wall Street Journal today reprinted an excerpt of a speech Crichton gave called “Aliens Cause Global Warming.” Regular readers […]
New Arcsine Climate Forecast: Hot and Cold!
If you weren’t worried before, then take a look at this shocking new climate forecast! No, only kidding. This is the real forecast: Sorry. Can’t help myself. Here are four more “forecasts”. […]
Just what are falling temperatures evidence of?
If increasing temperatures are consistent with or are evidence of global warming, what theory is consistent with or evidence of falling temperatures? Global warming, too? We have to ask this complicated question […]
Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies
Since we had so much fun with the Military List. Plus, it’s Friday. Star Wars The original 1977 theatrical, error-filled release only. Han did shoot first. The storm troopers did want the […]
Theory confirmation and disconfirmation
Time for an incomplete mini-lesson on theory confirmation and disconfirmation. Suppose you have a theory, or model, about how some thing works. That thing might be global warming, stock market prices, stimulating […]