Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Idiotically Obscured Scientific Publications

I've been working on a project regarding anthropogenic global warming, and am hunting around for actual legitimate scientific research on the matter.

The problem is, they're mostly all behind pay walls. Before I can even get my hands on the publication, and see whether it has anything relevant to say on the matter, I have to register with a publication, pay the fees, and agree to not share any part of the publication publicly.

It's no wonder why we're having so much trouble with the public's acceptance of this phenomenon. The crackpots all put their assertions/content online for free, but all the actual empirical scientific research supporting it is hidden away and inaccessible.

That's dumb. This is holding us back as a civilization. Whatever operating costs the journals have should be publicly subsidized, and everything made readily publicly available.

Doing otherwise may literally doom us. But hey, they gotta make a living.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

An atheist's take on Easter

From those who I know, who celebrate this particular holiday, Good Friday was met with comments like, "It's a day of sorrow and gratitude".

I find the attitude bizarre. Have these people even thought about the doctrine they're embracing?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Argumentum ad Infinitum Procedere

Depending on how well Google Translate works, this is supposed to loosely mean "Argument from Infinite Regress" - something that I just made up. I've been thinking about this topic, as interwoven around other topics, lately, and I'm not sure how coherently I can explain them. This may be lengthy.

Surely, you've heard the phrase "correlation does not equal causation" or "correlation does not imply causation". I despite that notion, because, it's not entirely true.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Story Behind your Birth Number

Facebook strikes again.

I'm not sure why I'm morbidly interested in these Astrology-like posts, but here's today's:

Sunday, March 23, 2014

what: Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Gödel's Proof of God's Existence

Got all that?

Looking up more "mathematical proofs" for the existence of God, I found a Christian Post article.
Two scientists have declared they have proved the existence of God using nothing more than advanced mathematics and a computer.
Yes, let's cue the typical arrogance of the idea that one can, without actually appealing to empirical reality, without spending a single second actually examining reality... learn the secrets of the universe by sitting down and doing math, and then doing nothing to empirically confirm the "conclusions".

Let's dig in.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mathematical proof of God - Actually, no - but for different reasons

I've been curious about supposed "mathematical proofs" for the existence of a god. I stumbled across this page, though he has a proof "better" than math. I agree, and disagree... ish.

Let's take a look.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Psychics and frauds

Recently, I became aware of a line of videos of James Randi exposing/debunking people who claim to have supernatural or psychic powers. Below is a great example.

Good stuff, eh? I wish we had more of this sort of thing these days, instead of the Today Show (link to YouTube video), or Oprah Winfrey bringing these people on to peddle their woo onto the masses.

Examples such as this help bring to focus the failures of the human mind to accurately understand reality around them.