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A new Cosmos

Here’s something to look forward to. Next year a new version of the classic series Cosmos will be available. The trailer below gives and idea of its likely quality – watch it full screen. the quality is great. Official Trailer … Continue reading

Hypocritical gratitude?

It seems that some of the delusional god-bothers in the US are upset because there President omitted their god in the list of people he expressed gratitude to in his thanksgiving day speech. As PZ Myers put it – you … Continue reading

The reality of scientific research

I don’t think simple definitions of scientific method really catch the reality of how research is carried out. That is why I prefer not to use an algorithmic description of scientific method. Instead the definition suggested by Neil deGrasse Tyson … Continue reading

NASA and old lace

I managed to catch the tail end of the NASA press conference this morning. This  had created quite a flutter on the internet with some speculating that NASA was going to announce the discovery of evidence for extraterrestrial life. Well, … Continue reading

Pseudoscience and anti-science nonsense

Book Review: Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci Paperback: 336 pages Price: US$13.60; NZ$41.99 Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 2010) Language: English SBN-10: 0226667863 SBN-13: 978-0226667867 The “climategate” fiasco revealed an undercurrent … Continue reading

Clear science communication

Book review: Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public by Cornelia Dean Price US$13.57 Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0674036352 ISBN-13: 978-0674036352 I bet … Continue reading

Apollo 11

This 40th anniversary brings back memories. My family had no TV then – a lot of New Zealanders didn’t. And anyway with a young family we had built-in entertainment. But the sixties were a heady time for space exploration. Of … Continue reading

Science-religion conflicts. Who’s responsible?

There does seem to be a blog war these days on the science-relgion conflict. There even seems to be a debate within the separate camps about the tactics used by the participants. And then there are other’s who find the … Continue reading

The greatest show

Here’s a book to look forward to. Coming this September is Richard Dawkins‘ latest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. I understand that this book will engage more with the arguments of those who seek to … Continue reading

Do whatever it takes…

It’s easy to present a very stilted, formulaic, outline of the scientific method. And both supporters and opponents of science do this. However, in reality things are usually a lot more complicated and confused. Science is done by real, imperfect, … Continue reading