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Linkposts, 8/29/12

File under “things you didn’t know were true”:

And now, a juxtaposition:

Pay special attention to the red, yellow, and green groups described in the second link. “Free Speech Zones” appear to be an attempt to separate the green groups from the yellow and red ones. If they work, they keep the law-abiding citizens from getting mistaken for the Black Bloc bad guys.

Linkpost, 8/27/12

Linkpost 6/15/11

So it ain’t Global Warming we’re facing: it’s a new ice age.

Astronomers Forecast Spotless Sun – A New Little Ice Age to Come?

The Decline Effect

Over at the New Yorker, our buddy Jonah Lehrer has written an article called The Truth Wears Off. I give its own entry because it’s deeply disturbing, and worth reading. An excerpt to give you an idea:

[…] all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t yet have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology.

It’s worth the time it takes to read, because it gives you an insight into why good science should seem especially messy. About the only thing the article doesn’t cover is the possibility that our understanding of statistics isn’t as good as we think.

Linkpost, 10/29/10 to 11/3/10

And I’m caught up! It only took a cold-induced bout of insomnia to do it.

Linkpost, 11/4/10

Linkpost, 11/5/10

I am a proponent of the Strong Gaia hypothesis. The Gaia hypothesis views the Earth as a single organism that regulates conditions to sustain life on the planet. The Strong Gaia hypothesis accepts this notion, but further hypothesizes that Gaia finally got so pissed off at being whacked by roving asteroids that She evolved big brained primates as an immune system to fend off asteroids using nuclear bombs.

Linkpost, 11/16/10 to 11/19/10

Linkpost, 11/23/10

Linkpost, 10/28/2010

I’m still clearing the backlog …