Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rebranding Skepticism

Ticktock of Science-Based Parenting has an article up concerning what skepticism is to the general public. He contends that skeptics are not the cynics. The cynical ones are those who hold irrational beliefs.

I think groups like the Association for Rational Thought does a nice job of staying positive about reality and science. We bring in speakers who focus on a variety of topics not limited to the traditional skeptical topics. Instead of tearing down ideas, we look forward to ideas that may or may not work, but at least they are based on evidence. There are certainly times for tearing down bad ideas, but during our meetings we try to find the solid ground of reason and evidence.

By the way, Ticktock is a Cincinnati-based blogger.

Creation Museum passes 1,000,000 visitors

Apparently the Creation Museum passed 1,000,000 visitors, yesterday.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Paleo Future

Here's a neat blog about what people used to think the future would look like. Obviously we see some hits and misses. I heard about this blog on the way home from work today on All things Considered.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

SkeptiCamp and Other Acts of Skepticism in Ohio

Looks like our neighbors to the north east are doing some stuff. Check it out.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Math is useful

Look kids, mathematics is useful. Hey, I know there are plenty of reasons for a solid mathematics education, but I saw this story and thought that it was a great example.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Here's a great talk by Micheal Specter on denialism.

It shouldn't be surprising to most people who are checking here, but it is worth a listen.

Monday, April 12, 2010

What's the harm?

Check out whatstheharm.net. It's a nice resource that compiles examples of why something of the crazy things that people believe in are not a harmless as many would like you to think.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth

In my wildest dreams I did not see this coming. And it's almost here. Truly another quantum leap in information technology.