Will intelligent robots kill us all?
The idea that AI will be dangerous betrays a lack of confidence in our own values.
Argumentation in the Internet-driven world
Let them get their nose under the tent and the soon there's no freedom at all.
Medical error and hospital deaths
A prominent medical journal accuses hospitals of killing over 251,000 patients a year.
Big pharma has gone nuts
Demanding reimbursement for ‘unreplicable’ results will create an adversarial relationship.
Are Conservatives Turning Against Science?
Science is conservatism's strongest ally. If they declare war on science, both lose
The sound of freedom
Technological sounds are drowning out the quiet music of nature.
Jurassic Park for Humans
Manipulating the human genome would be the biggest gamble we have ever taken.
Argumentation in a post-logical world
We must become more analytical in detecting and refuting hidden assumptions in the debate.
Without cause and effect, nothing would ever happen. But what actually is it?
Friends of coal
What life is really like in the ‘downscale communities’ of Appalachia—and why the critics are wrong
The future of medicine
In the future things will be ... uh, better ... mostly
Celebrating our petrochemical culture
To the engineering mind the purpose of our chemical industry makes it beautiful.
Atheism, Ducks and Bananas
Atheists and religious people both need to work on their sense of humor.
Mistaken ideas about consciousness
Materialism is running amuck if it causes us to doubt whether we are conscious.
Forging the universe
Why is there something instead of nothing? Science, religion, and philosophy have different ideas.
The futility of modeling
Mathematical modeling is a form of metaphysics.
Bismuth, nature's most uninteresting element
Seven incredibly boring facts about bismuth you will probably believe!
Is the idea of reincarnation so crazy?
On stories of children remembering past lives.
Fish need bicycles after all, ethicists discover
Biology Rule #1: you deny biology, you go extinct
Eight myths about libertarianism
Libertarianism is not what many people think.
The Hydrogenated Bomb: Science and the Cholesterol Scandal
Saturated fat and cholesterol are now good for you again.
What can science learn from Paul Tillich?
Profound ideas from a maverick theologian.
Tinnitus: Causes and Treatment
Recent research suggests that tinnitus is easier to cure when treatment is given early. In this article, I will discuss what is known about tinnitus and what tinnitus sufferers can do about their affliction.
Is the universe mathematical?
We use mathematics to deconstruct the universe. Could it also build one?
Science, Religion and Other Crazy Ideas
What do scientists really think about religion?
Freud called dreams the royal road to the unconscious. But the road still has many potholes.
Is Alzheimer's disease caused by a fungus?
A possible new direction in view of the failures of antiamyloid therapy.
Has the Montreal Protocol actually done anything? Something is not adding up.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Politicians can be narcissistic, and so can the organizations they manage.
Does the concept of free will have any meaning?
Free will means two completely different things.
Is Schizophrenia a Real Disease?
The idea that schizophrenia is a medical conditions is on shaky ground.
What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating and mysterious illness that strikes people with increasing frequency as they age. In this article, I will discuss the current theories and epidemiological results that might explain the molecular basis of sporadic Alzheimer's disease.
Women and Math, Part 1
Scientific evidence long ago disproved the myth that the brains of men and women are the same.
Women and Math, Part 2
In the past ten years, brain research has given us a ton of new insight about gender differences in the brain.
How to Drive on Snow
Tips on driving on snow-covered roads and driving up hills in winter without getting killed.
Bad Pharma: Fact or Myth?
Is the pharmaceutical industry dying?
What Does Science Say About Life After Death?
The Buddhists had a lot to say about the afterlife, but science is starting to catch up.
What's so great about Euler's formula?
What does Euler's formula tell us about the real world? How can we understand it?
Cold facts on global warming
Even though global warming has become mostly an academic concern now that the climate has moved into a cooling phase, it's still important to understand what is and is not factual about the climate.
Star fields in Apollo 11 photographs
The claim that there are no stars in the moon landing images is examined.
Little-known facts about the Moon
The Moon really does have a dark side. And an atmosphere ... sort of.
Antisocial personality disorder
What are the differences between psychopaths, sociopaths, and psychotics?
What is Depression?
We actually know very little about it, but there are some new theories.
What is the value of computer modeling?
If mathematical models are done badly, they will discredit an entire branch of science.
Indeterminacy in Science
Is the universe indeterminate at the smallest level? If so, what about free will?
Molecular biology, Raelians, and the mysterious doctrine of transubstantiation
Fraud in Science
Where there's misconduct in science, there's invariably a deep reservoir of social and managerial pathology.
Shortwave ultraviolet photography
Photography at short UV wavelengths (200-300 nm) opens up a new universe.
How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse
Or, how to take pictures of the Sun without burning up your camera sensor, blinding yourself, and setting your dog on fire
High-resolution compact spectrograph, Part 1
Design and plans for a compact spectrograph suitable for astronomy.
High-resolution compact spectrograph, Part 2
Parts and construction details.
How to take bad cell phone photos
Some tips on taking the worst travel photos ever.
Photographing Radioactivity with a Webcam
You can use a webcam to photograph radioactivity.
The ultraviolet world is gloomy ... and pink.
It's not difficult to modify a digital SLR camera to take pictures in the near-infrared.
Astrophotography Without a Telescope
You don't need a lot of equipment to take spectacular pictures of the stars.
Firefly biology and tips on photographing fireflies. Movie of fireflies flashing in synchrony.
Fundamentals of Reindeer Aerodynamics
How did reindeer evolve the ability to fly?
Four Movies for Dorks
These movies contain clues to hidden meanings that seem to have been missed by everyone else.
The Future of TV
What will television be like 20 years from now? We think social changes will drive the technology, rather than the other way around.
The Ten Most Annoying Science Fiction Shows of All Time
Some science fiction TV shows succeeded at creating a rich, complex universe, and some ... didn't.
An Overview of Santa's Advanced Anti-Radar Technology
According to radar experts, the inability of our most advanced radar tracking systems to detect the red-suited Christmas icon is no accident
The Cow Theory of Economics
Cow theory is a well-established tool for understanding basic economic concepts. There are many variations of this theory on the Internet. Here are some new ones.
The Tragic Story of Schrodinger's Cat
Schrödinger's cat played a critical role in the early development of quantum mechanics.
Physics envy among biologists: fact or fiction?
Physicists often state their belief that all biologists would rather be physicists, but became biologists only because they were not very good at math.
The Prophecies of Bruce de Nostradamus
Bruce Nostradamus is not as famous as his older brother, partly because his quatrains were not very good.
The Al Gore Effect: Theoretical basis
The day after Al Gore: Where will you be? Someplace cold, probably.
What car would Jesus really drive?
The Bible describes the earliest documented case of road rage.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Life in the Country
If this article can save just one person from the unending nightmare that is country living, it will be worth it.
How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers
Do noise generators and reflector tape actually work?