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Science news latest: Adam and Eve “real”, Noah’s Ark “actually round”


Here’s an interesting way to report the latest Science News: “Adam and Eve Were Real According to Study Out” declares the headline in the Guardian Liberty Voice. So, I assume a study has shown that Adam and Eve were real. Am I mad?

Listen carefully to what it says: “Adam and Eve Were Real.”

Were” + “Real” = “Were Real.” Continue reading “Science news latest: Adam and Eve “real”, Noah’s Ark “actually round””

All-natural produce is full of (eek!) chemicals!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to blogger James Kennedy, for this:


You see, regular foodstuffs found in nature are chock full of E-numbers, sugars, acids, and things ending in “-ose” and “-dehyde” and “-zene”.

I think James has made himself a bit of a legend here. I foresee these visuals achieving cult status, like Che Guevara t-shirts or Miley Cyrus’s tongue.

So let this be an end to the hunt for killer “chemicals” in processed food, and the paranoid boycott of same. Let it be an end to the claim that “natural” or “organic” foods are somehow “chemical-free,” as if they didn’t even exist, which is really just dumb (they do exist).

Read more on James’s blog here. He has lovingly prepared equivalent charts for bananas and blueberries. Which are also full of CHEMICALS! He has even produced a series of very large posters on his wonderful site. “Free to use” he points out very kindly, but do also go to his shop for his t-shirts and stuff…

Thank you, James. Thank you, and thank you again.

Women in science <3 pink! XXX

My three-year old daughter is now doing ‘science’ in pre-school. It’s all neat contrasts: stuff that floats vs. stuff that doesn’t; stuff that is magnetic vs. stuff that isn’t; stuff that is soluble vs. stuff that is “in-soluble, Daddy”.

Hopefully one day she will be inspired to be a ‘woman in science’. Like these people, famously:

(Personally, I much prefer the parody version produced by appalled PhD students at the University of Bristol.)

The European Union reacted to the worldwide backlash of ridicule that followed the above video by replacing it with one where the girls wear white coats, tinker with test tubes, and overall behave less like, well, sexual predators.

Nonetheless, the EU’s insistence on using a pop ditty to seduce these lasses into the lab still seems a bit patronising to me:

Come on girls, it’s a call to action/What we need is a chain reaction” still doesn’t convey to me how empiricism represents a sound way to resolve uncertainties.

Also, the pink ‘hug-the-world’ stuff like this on their website isn’t helping:


For girls still in the ‘Hello Kitty’ phase

What next, flowers?



As seen growing in ‘In The Night Garden’

Basically, the EU have stopped trying to coax women into science by appealing to their sex drives and fashion senses, and have instead decided they must be spoken to as if they had the brains of toddlers.

So long as they’ve come to their senses inside the next fifteen years or so, I suppose…

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