## You Mean… I’m Not A Dinosaur? Does Dad Know?

One of my favorite Richard Pryor jokes has always been from Hear No Evil, See No Evil when he finds out he “isn’t white”. We may be finding ourselves in a similar place. Pluto isn’t a planet. And Pterodactyls aren’t dinosaurs. What the hell is going on? Screw you, science! Does Dad know? What Makes… [Read More]

## Al Gore the Author

Al Gore has written another book entitled, “The Assault on Reason.” Here’s Amazon’s Book Description: Book Description A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason At the time George W. Bush… [Read More]

## Myth Busted: The Golden Ratio Fact & Fiction

Is the Golden Ration REALLY that pretty? A wonderful follow-up video to the history of numbers, by Keith Devlin at Stanford, says NO… Maybe… sometimes! OK, we’ll just say “It’s complicated.”

## A Sweet-Ass, Dirty, & Quick History Of Numbers

by Keith Devlin, lecturing at Stanford: Right at the outset, he describes mathematics as: The Science of Patterns. Given that the human mind can be seen as a giant pattern recognizer, this makes the study of mathematics deeply important to the study of our essential nature. “It could be that the patterns of mathematics are… [Read More]

## Human On Hominin Lovin' – A Pleistocene Racists Nightmare

It’s enough to make a Pleistocene racist have a heart attack: Neanderthals making love to Humans, Humans making love to Denisovans, Neanderthals and Denisovans, and more! from John Hawks: The picture of Pleistocene human evolution has come rapidly into focus during the last two years. Before the last 30,000 years, the world was full of… [Read More]

## Scientific Literacy & Idiocy In America

According to an article at Science Daily, (as of 2007) only 28% of American’s qualify as “Scientifically Literate”, which they weakly define as able to watch a Nova episode and understand the terms used. If true, this is frightening. Then again, I just wrote a post on my other blog called Diet Pseudoscience, Falsification, &… [Read More]

## Neil DeGrasse Tyson Videos: Sermons, Religion, And The Cosmos

A collection of videos with Astrophysicist, and master teacher, Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the majesty of nature, the beauty of science, the fact that he’s an agnostic (who is claimed by Athiests), naming rights, how religion erodes science, and other fun shit… “I bask in the majesty of the cosmos” — Neil DeGrasse Tyson

## Are Hobbits Real? Anthropology, Bitches…

We watched the Nova special, “Aliens from Earth”, last night. It was great, though the title should have been Hobbits Are Real, Bitches. It was about the hominin species Homo floresiensis, commonly called the “Hobbit” because of its diminutive size. from Wikipedia: Homo floresiensis (“Flores Man”; nicknamed “hobbit” and “Flo”) is an extinct species in… [Read More]

## Bill Nye: Your Place In Space Comedy Hour

The ever hilarious Bill Nye gives a rousing speech about why we need to build an Earth Dial. You read that right. Here’s the video: He talked about his Mars.Planetary.org site. It’s sweet! You’ll need to download the Google Earth plugin to view it (it’s on the page). Click on the “Tours” tab on the… [Read More]

## Simple-Mathjax LaTeX Plugin Test!

Check out the sweeeet math we can do with mathjax! An inline equation $2+3=1$, what? And a display: $$\phi(3)=Jesus$$ Fractions: $$x= \frac{1+y}{1+2z^2}$$ And some $\mathfrak{S}$ $$A \cup B = 23$$ $$=5 + 4$$ Something random… At first, we sample $f(x)$ in the $N$ ($N$ is odd) equidistant points around $x^*$: f_k =… [Read More]