Our Obsession with Credentials

Growing up with an obsessively patriotic father, one of the advantages he gave of our society over the one we separated ourselves form (and I mean the United Kingdom) was that, while the UK elevated people based on their credentials, ours did so based on what they actually accomplished. Whether his characterisation of the UK …

The Real Reason Space Colonization Will Fail

Werner Herzog has his idea: It is a utopia, and you do not need to be a scientist or expert researcher [to understand what will pass]. You just sit back, twiddle your thumbs, enjoy your beer, and wait until it fails. [Space colonization] will fail. My explanation is a little more mundane in explanation, if …

Energy Puritans Enable Enemies of Democracies — Science Matters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (Reuters) Western media has stirred up a puritanical revulsion against carbon-based energy, resulting in calls for prohibition of fossil fuels.  Leaders in western democracies responded with regulations and constraints punishing companies either producing energy or operating supply infrastructure.  This empowers market dominance by sovereign energy […]Energy …

Back in the Day, They All Hated Science

Another one of those "inconvenient truths:" Embracing the science he hated until a year ago means that like a whole lot of partisan people, he only pretends to accept it because the issue is political. Writing in The Daily Beast, Louis Anslow reminds the public that just a few years ago Young released a whole …

The Left Pushes Back Against Vaccine Mandates

Yes, they do: As writers from the Left, we are disturbed by this turn of events. We don’t think there is anything progressive about the current move towards compelled — and in places mandatory — Covid vaccinations. These are discriminatory against minority communities, many of whom for historical reasons are suspicious of medicine and the …

Leaked Emails, Leaked Viruses: The Sad Trail of Fauci, Collins and COVID-19

It's not easy, but we're getting closer to the truth: Now a string of unearthed emails—the most recent being a batch viewed by the House Oversight and Reform Committee and referred to in its January 11, 2022 letter—is making it seem increasingly likely that there was, in fact, a conspiracy, its aim being to suppress …

Denmark Embraces Secular Blasphemy

That's what it looks like: 'I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back,' she said on Monday. Before the start of the last semester I wrote a piece entitled  Teaching Secular Blasphemy, where I pointed out …

How science has been corrupted

When I was small, my father would conduct experiments around the house. When you blow across the top of a wine bottle, how many modes of vibration are there? How do you get the higher notes? Another time, the matter under investigation might be the “angle of repose” of a pile of sand, as in…How …

Real Socialists, Fake Socialists and the Virginia Governor’s Race

Earlier today I posted a link to a free Soviet textbook entitled Systems of Linear Equations. It was published in the late 1980's and is one of a series of Soviet textbooks I've highlighted on my websites. Why, you ask, do I pass along Soviet textbooks? There are two reasons. The first is that I …

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