Dangerous Ideas

Zombies!

Paul Decelles

The other day the Centers for Disease Control put up a tongue and cheek web site dealing with what to do in case of a zombie emergency. This is all part of the CDC’s push to heighten people’s awareness of how to prepare and respond to public health emergencies. The ...

Pieces of Flowers

Paul Decelles

In lab today we saw creatures From two of the three domains- Identified cocci and bacilli, Paramecium and Amoeba swimming or streaming under cover glass. Then the plants-mosses green, With diploid sex brown and erect; Fern's hidden gametophytes Androgynous creatures dwarfed By cozy sitting room fronds. Finally we consider the ...

Science from Multiple World Views?

Paul Decelles

Recently I stumbled upon a small publisher of home school materials called [Gravitas Publications][1]. This publisher's main product is called Real Science 4 Kids by Dr. Rebecca Keller. I have no expertise in home school curricula, and from what I have seen some aspects of her approach look interesting. What ...

Ah what a beautiful day; just a tad windy said the spider to the fly.

Paul Decelles

Global Warming Forces Major Change in Behavior of a Common Animal.

Paul Decelles

Normally I don't get alarmist about climate change, but this is a real serious though unintended consequence of climate change that we all need to be aware of. Climate change pushes Groundhog Day to January The town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has announced that it is pushing Groundhog Day forward eight ...

Late night visitor

Paul Decelles

This little possum was apparently feeding on scattered seed from our bird feeder. Since possums are omnivores I bet they take baby birds as well.

Cats and Birds..merrow!

Paul Decelles

There is an interesting article in the science section of the New York Times about the effects of domestic cats on bird populations. [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/science/21birds.html][1] As the headline suggests, domestic cats are a major threat to bird populations. The article suggests that over 500 million birds are killed by cats each ...

More Ann Coulter Science...YES!

Paul Decelles

Ann Coulter whose previous forays into science have included such insightful critiques of evolution as the giant raccoon passing gas analysis of evolutionary theory has struck again. Apparently she has decided that we need not worry about radiation from Japan. She bases her argument on a controversial idea called hormesis. ...

A New Word

Paul Decelles

Picked up a new word today courtesy of an [article in Scientific American on Freeman Dyson][1]. The word is "bunkrapt." The neologism coined by Peter Medawar in the 1980's means, to according to the article, to be "infatuated with bunk." So I guess it is from bunk + rapture. I ...

Ooops that's not right Part II

Paul Decelles

In my last post I introduced the Decline Effect in which statistically significant results often disappear when an experiment is replicated. A possible example in the works has just been reported on by NPR. This involves a Cornell Psychologist by the name of Daryl Bem who claims to have [evidence ...

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