Tag: scientific literacy

Half-full glass latest: Americans beginning to accept heliocentrism


Three quarters of Americans believe that the Earth orbits the Sun. Three quarters. That’s almost all of the quarters. It’s practically everyone who is awake at any one time. Good news, huh?

I mean, the opposing view — that the Earth is the centre of the universe, that the stars are merely glimmers of light embedded into a dome-like sky which in no way resembles the ground upon which we tread, and that the sun is a blazing flying fireball moving daily from east to west, giving blessed life-force to man, beast, and flora — has dominated human culture for thousands of years.

Yes, I accept that this view has been identified as groundless for a couple of centuries (well, at least four), but listen: not everyone is going to take a geekish interest in the latest scientific advances. Glass. Half. Full. Continue reading “Half-full glass latest: Americans beginning to accept heliocentrism”

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.

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