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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Black Parrot Re:needs some (470 comments)

Really if you want to see pseudoscience in action take a good look at all the assumptions behind cosmology and astronomy. Redshift = distance is an ASSUMPTION and Edwin Hubble himself was the first to point that out. Or start being honest enough to teach students that LOTS of biologists as well as physicists like Sir Hoyle have valid doubts about the theory of evolution, and no they are not creationists. Their main problem with evolution being that it is so often presented as settled established fact when it really has a lot of serious problems that need to be worked out. Just saying that is some kind of heresy in most English-speaking areas. Truth is many scientists would love to replace evolution with a better theory.

Every hypothesis is "an assumption". But some stand up to scrutiny and offer a lot of explanatory value.

As for evolution, what you said isn't heresy - it's a claim that you didn't try to back up.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Black Parrot Re:needs some (470 comments)

Roughly one in three American adults believes in telepathy, ghosts, and extrasensory perception," wrote a trio of scientists in a 2012 issue of the Astronomy Education Review.

Yes we must use government institutions to regulate what people believe! If we start young we can change the next generation.

That's one spin you could put on it.

Another choice is "How is a country full of people that believe nonsense going to survive the 21st Century?"

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Black Parrot Re:Yeah, so? (470 comments)

Roughly one in one Slashdotter believes in FTL travel, wormhole travel, colonizing the universe... That's any better?

I guess that means I'm not a Slashdotter, because I don't believe any of those things exist (or are possible).

(Too bad...)

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Black Parrot Re:The Religious Right will have your head on a pl (470 comments)

There is a great deal of pseudoscience belief on both sides of the isle. The left has irrational beliefs on nuclear power, GMO foods, etc.

You're trying to pee in the punch with a "both sides do it" argument. The not-so-subtle difference is that "the left" doesn't deny that nuclear power and GM foods exist. To paraphrase the famous saying, everyone is entitled to their own policy opinions, but not to their own realities.

But then the Republicans aren't generally as bad as they get a rap for. Their only substantial reality-denying party positions are on evolution and global warming, and both of those are for easily understandable political reasons (the former too keep the dwindling numbers of the faithful faithful, the latter to please their corporate masters).

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Black Parrot Re:Unfalsifieable (470 comments)

Like Prolog, where anything you can't prove is taken to be false?

about two weeks ago
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Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

Black Parrot paradox? (75 comments)

Is there any empirical evidence that information can't be destroyed?

If not, what would be the consequences of just ditching the law(?) that creates the paradox?

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Black Parrot Re:No expectation of privacy (405 comments)

The 4th Amendment's warrant requirement only applies when there is an expectation of privacy.

And if they can get the data, there's no expectation of privacy.

Circular reasoning at its best.

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Black Parrot Re:A way to become competent? (405 comments)

Don't you know you have to use monkeys if you want to type Shakespeare?

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Black Parrot Re:Big Government (405 comments)

But neither party is interested in ending the intrusive, ineffective "War on Drugs".

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Black Parrot In case you haven't noticed... (405 comments)

This argument is completely counter to our criminal justice system

Law enforcement personnel don't think about these things the same way the rest of us do.

about a month ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

Black Parrot Re:Headline writing (103 comments)

It''s called "telegraphic speech", as if the writer didn't want to pay for the extra characters.

Newspapers do it for space: the bigger the typeface, the less room for text.

I suspect it carries over to internet articles because of cognitive side-effects: if every headline was a complete sentence they would take more effort on the readers' part. You want something that will instantly grab (or lose) a reader's attention without any mental effort on their part.

(Look at how many people don't RTFA, or even RTFSummary. Full sentences would lead to people who don't even RTFHeadline.)

However, telegraphic speech can cause problems for readers.

about a month ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

Black Parrot Re:Great Headline (103 comments)

The problem is that when the crew deliberately turns it off or it fails, what are you going to do?

Why does the crew have the capability of turning essential equipment off?

about a month ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

Black Parrot Re:Great Headline (103 comments)

Mod up pleeze. This story has turned into the orgy that fuels the spree US media wants to be.

They were hoping a little blonde girl would be kidnapped or murdered, but they had to settle for a missing airplane mostly full of foreigners.

And with it missing at sea, they can't even pose a teddy bear in photos of the wreckage.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:What I find fascinating about this post (703 comments)

They usually post something to drive up hits on weekends. This weekend global warming, next weekend evolution.

Tomorrow we'll be back to Tesla and Bitcoin.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:Doomed I Say (703 comments)

Climate change is inevetible and most ultimately dictated by the same orbital changes that bring us the "ice ages."

The second part of that claim is *utterly* falsified by the science. Temperatures are moving in the wrong direction: you'd expect global cooling as we exit the current interglacial.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:The thing about FUD... (703 comments)

You forgot to mention which side you're accusing of spreading FUD.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:And they can't wait! (703 comments)

It amazes me that so many Slashdotters are trying to convince the world that change isn't coming, rather than trying to figure out how they can get richer than Bill Gates by founding a startup for mitigation technologies.

This ain't the Slashdot it used to be.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:It's always in the future. (703 comments)

"pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed."

This has been asserted since 1985.
And you can convince yourself that it's utterly false, if you assume that the actual floods, drought, conflict, and economic damage are caused by something else.

[Actually I don't know of any conflicts attributable to GW yet. But both the US military and US national security agencies have concluded that GW is their biggest threat for this century. Some people can't afford to ignore the facts.]

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Black Parrot Re:Recency bias and global warming pause (703 comments)

And naturally, we should reject the opionions of an international group of scientists who specialize in the area in favor of the opinions of some slashdotters.

Big bang, climate, dark matter, evolution, ..., vacinations - if you don't like what the evidence points to, just reject it. You won't lack company.

about a month ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The New York Museum of Modern Art is collecting video games for an exhibition. MoMA is the most prestigious museum for modern art in the world, and according to Wikipedia, is the third-most-visited art museum (of any type) in the USA, 13th-most-visited in the world. The museum holds all that famous stuff you (maybe) learned about in art history class: Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, etc. Maybe art historians of the future will talk about Dwarf Fortress as 'Animated Cubism'."
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Did Anonymous prevent election hijack?

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The internet is abuzz with a story about Anonymous setting up a "firewall" to prevent a scheme to hijack Ohio's electoral votes, as some claim actually happened in 2004. Reportedly there are similarities this time around, except that the votes didn't suddenly shift to the other candidate, and Karl Rove got a big surprise. Fact, fiction, or conspiracy theory? Only Julian Assange knows for sure."
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Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Several news sites are reporting that the 1962 replica of the HMS bounty was lost at sea due to hurricane Sandy, about 90 miles off North Carolina. The latest news I find says 14 of 16 crew rescued, one drowned, and the Captain still missing."
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Company of Heroes 2 announced.

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "THQ announced Monday that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled for release next year. The initial offering is designed from the perspective of the Soviet Army, which never made an appearance in the original game or its add-ons."
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Global Warming Skeptics Discover Global Warming

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "A team of Berkely Scientists skeptical of global warming, led by prominent skeptic physicist Richard Muller (and funded by the Koch Brothers) unexpectedly testified to skeptical politicians in the US House of Representatives that theiir results — still preliminary — is finding the same thing mainstream climate scientists have been telling us. Other scientists are unsuprised; the article quotes Peter Thorne (not on the team) as saying "Even if the thermometer had never been invented, the evidence is there from deep ocean changes, from receding glaciers, from rising sea levels and receding sea ice and spring snow cover." However, Thorne criticizes the team for announcing the preliminary results before publishing an peer-reviewed papers on their work."
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Textbook references Wikipedia

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Not as a source, but as a destination. From the third edition (December 2009) of Russell & Norvig's popular AI textbook: 'The Encyclopedia of AI (Shapiro, 1992) contains survey articles on almost every topic in AI, as does Wikipedia. These Articles usually provide a good entry point into the research literature on each topic.' Has Wikipedia passed a milestone of respectability?"

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