Mitigating Perception of Climate Change

Reading scientific studies can be a strange experience. Ideally, we’re dispassionate about them. They provide us a hypothesis about a topic, some evidence relevant to determining whether that hypothesis might be true, and then a discussion about how the evidence actually bears on the truth value of the hypothesis (that might include discussion of the…

Evolution is a Kind of Religion, but it Shouldn’t Be

Vox Day is always reliable for a good link if not necessarily always for a convincing argument about it, and today’s is Me, Derbyshire and Darwin – from Fred Reed, linked from the Unz Review. It’s another one of these people less than sufficiently convinced by evolutionary theory posing some questions he has about it.…

Why I am a Skeptic, if not a Denier

Probably going on two weeks now I promised commenter Richard on this post that I would explain why I am skeptical that there is a Global Warming problem. This is that post. Let me start by insisting on addressing this the way he phrased it: I’m skeptical that there is a Global Warming problem. I’m…

Science about Science

An an interesting post The Volokh Conspiracy, Jim Lindgren takes Richard Landers to task for some questionable methodology in a check he did on an NSF study that purported to show that a majority of young people believe that Astrology is scientific. If you’re interested in the back-and-forth, or the methologies used, or the specifics…

The Experts on Expert Advice

One thing that gets a little wearying in political discussions online is argument from authority. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, that’s when someone avoids an argument by pointing to an expert who supports their opinion. So, for example, when you say something disparaging about Obamacare’s finances, people will frequently point you to some CBO…

When Means are Misleading

Noah has some issues with a post on a Scientific American blog – specifically with the following claim: Psychological studies are not about you. They make few if any predictions about how you should live your life, how to tell if you’re an introvert, or anything else about you as an individual. And the line…

Misunderstanding Evolution

In an article on Samizdata , Jonathan Pearce does that frustrating thing that people do where he accuses someone of not understanding evolution, but it immediately becomes clear through his accusation that it’s his own understanding of it that’s shallow. The jumping off point is the paleo diet , which he accuses of short-selling the…

The Predicton Racket

Perhaps the most famous of the forecast models to get it righter than Nate Silver in 2012 was Drew Linzer’s Votamatic, which is explained in some detail here. I know, I know, the election’s long over, and they officially sealed the deal almost 10 days ago – but I ran across a link to some…