In History, the details are always hard to catch, yet always worth knowing. This long post at History for Atheists, worth absorbing in full, makes a number of discordant points about the Myth that the Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed by a Christian mob in 390 AD, thus setting science and technology back a… Read More Myths of the Great Library
I’m tired of being right all the time.
SciBabe makes five arguments why Donuts won’t kill you, but meth totally will. Best part, she knocks down the whole “sugar is addictive” tripe. Sugar is sweet. It tastes good. You can crave it, sure. I’m craving some fruit right now, in no doubt partially because it’s sweet. But it does not trigger your brain… Read More Donuts are Awesome. Meth is Not.
I like the fact that they’re thinking of naming one of the new heavy metallic elements after Lemmy Kilmister. Science should be pop-cultural whenever possible. I don’t like this sentiment, expressed in the article: Speaking of why he started the petition, Wright said: “In terms of record sales impact, Lemmy should have been offered an… Read More Does Every British Rock Star Have to Be a Knight?
And then informs me: It hurts to even mutter the heresy, but Science didn’t spring forth from Richard Dawkins’ ass. Science as a discipline was developed in the High Middle Ages, in the Universities established by the Very Mean Roman Catholic Church. Robert Grosseteste — the bishop of Lincoln — is the first man credited with… Read More Bad Catholic Makes Me Laugh.
So says the New Scientist, as faithfully reported by Rob Long at Ricochet. Apparently the usual suspects: viruses, super-volcanoes, global warming, etc. will not suffice to kill all of us. The only planet-wide threats come from outer-space, and these are mostly rare. An asteroid big enough could do us in, but the more likely asteroid… Read More Humanity is Good for Another 100,000 Years