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Happy meals, Learning, and random drops

Well, I just heard about San Francisco attempting to ban happy meals. If there is any wonder why, we'll have to look at a concept that should be quite familiar to the onling world. The random drop. While training animals (of which people are a part), there must be a goal to be obtained. There must also be an incentive to reach that goal. Usually, it's a clicker, followed immediately by food. The animals associate the noise of the clicker with receiving food. This is called a conditioned s

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Gulf oil spill: BP and Government vs. Science

In a study published last week, it was verified that there was millions of barrels remaining in the ocean. It indicated that there was little signs of reduction in oxygen concentration, which would indicate that microbes that feed on the oil were not present. Put another way, the 22-mile long oil plume was going to remain in the ocean for the time being... However, we can safely disregard that study, as another study released 4 days ago conclusively finds that not only is there evidence of mi

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Quote mining: Darwin said What?

"to suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree. " - Charles Darwin Wait... what? Darwin thought that evolution was absurd? Well, according to Answers in Genesis (and billions of other websites), that's all that he said

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Climategate: Meh...

In a classic case of double confirmation bias, two groups are able to use a single incident to show how the other group is nothing but a bunch of liars. Those who use climategate to support their ideas of a conspiracy in Climatology found that many of the words used sounded bad. This despite the actual words having entirely different meanings than what laymen understand. Those who use climategate to show that the deniers are able to use misunderstood words were found to be factual. Let's loo

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Ignorance is bliss, and why that's bad

"All science would be superfluous if the outward appearance and the essence of things coincided directly." - Karl Marx (Thanks Vladimir) Sometimes, our worldview is challenged by a field in science. Science would be so much easier if it matched our preconceived notions of how the world works. However, as we have observed in our history, what we see is not always all that is to be seen. The easiest way to fix that problem is to just flat out ignore it. We humans are a superstitious bunch, an

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New Templeton Foundation study links medical therapies to decrease in faith healing abilities

Oh wait, that's not the purpose of the study? It's to once again test the power of prayers for healing. Deja vu. Wasn't there a similar study previously that failed? Oh, this one's different. It actually passed. Wait... what? "Western and Mozambican Iris and Global Awakening [two evangelical/missionary organizations that cooperated with the research] leaders and affiliates who administered PIP all used a similar protocol. They typically spent 1-15 minutes (sometimes an hour or m

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Goodnight, sweet Torosaurus...

Welcome to my new Blog... Too often, there is a problem with scientists making claims. More often than not, the claims are not the issue, but the average person's understanding, whose preconceived notions may run counter to the claim, is to blame. Yesterday, I read that the Triceratops never existed... This runs contrary to what the was reported. The Triceratops existed, it was just a juvenile Torosaurus. Yes, they both still exist. They're just both known as Triceratops. Tricerato

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