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What is Occam’s Razor? (Content Maybe Offensive)

William of Ockham (/ˈɒkəm/; also Occam, from Latin: Gulielmus Occamus;[1][2] c. 1287 – 1347) was anEnglish Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian, who is believed to have been born … Continue reading

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking (More)

ad hominem — Latin for “to the man,” attacking the arguer and not the argument (e.g., The Reverend Dr. Smith is a known Biblical fundamentalist, so her objections to evolution … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan’s Rules for Critical Thinking and Nonsense-Detection

by Maria Popova • May 06, 2015 Carl Sagan devised a toolkit for nonsense-busting and critical thinking, which includes these nine rules: Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of … Continue reading

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The lyrics of recent No. 1 singles average at a third grade reading level

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
No one would ever dare to compare the writing prowess of artists like Macklemore, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry to Chaucer and Ginsberg, but a new study from Andrew…

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Particle Physics Discovery Raises Hope For A Theory Of Everything

May 17, 2015 | by Vakhtang Kartvelishvili The standard model of particle physics, which describes every particle we know of and how they interact, was given much credence when the … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy News! Masturbation Actually Has Health Benefits

May 17, 2015 | by Spring Chenoa Cooper and Anthony Santella Conduct an Internet search for “masturbation,” and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of slang phrases for the … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Infographic: How to write better science papers

Tips for writing research articles people will want to read By Natalia Rodriguez | Posted on 15 May 2015 Reporting results in a scientific journal is a process common to … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Worst Inventor In History (Thomas Midgley)

By Michael Van Duisen on Thursday, October 3, 2013 “After about a year’s work in organic lead, I find that my lungs have been affected and that it is necessary … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pauli Exclusion Principle

Wolfgang Ernst Pauli (25 April 1900 – 15 December 1958) was an Austrian-bornSwiss theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum physics. No two electrons in an atom can … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arguments Against the Anthropic Principle (Anthropic Principle 5)

As has been said, all versions of the Anthropic Principle (except the Weak Anthropic Principle) are highly controversial. They are by no means the only theories that claim to explain … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Strong Anthropic Principle and the Final Anthropic Principle (Anthropic Principle 4)

The Strong and Final Anthropic Principles are probably the most controversial of the many versions of the Anthropic Principle. They have a ring of creationism, a philosophy that has been … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Anthropic Principle and Quantum Physics (Anthropic Principle 3)

In Newton’s time, humanity has been relegated to the position of “observer” of the Universe, placed apart from it, supposedly able to look at the Universe, live in the Universe, … Continue reading

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The Selection Effect of Human Existence (Anthropic Principle 2)

The Universe is balanced on a knife-edge of coincidence. It is apparently a coincidence that gravity and the strong force are as strong as they are, or that the Universe … Continue reading

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The Anthropic Principle (1)

Has the universe developed for the express purpose of being observed and understood by intelligent beings, or is it just a lucky break for the intelligent beings that they exist … Continue reading

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