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News Briefs 05-07-06

A lot of mindless reading for you to point and click with your bionic arms.

  • Confirmation bias in the political mind.
  • Meet the Malthusians manipulating the fear of terror.
  • The freedom to ridicule religion and deny the holocaust.
  • Critical Thinking: what is it good for, in fact, what is it?
  • Heat really does relieve pain.
  • Mindless reading seen as fundamental.
  • Bionic limbs in five years.
  • Global warming: crisis for earth? Jellyfish can save us.
  • Miraculous garlic vodka treats diabetes and cancer. It’s quite a drink that gets you pissed, wards off Dracula and treats medical conditions.
  • Large lake which disappeared last year in one night returns to its place.
  • Fizzy bubbles or plasma layers?
  • Deep space explosion baffles astronomers.
  • Stupidity: how humans follow the dumb course.
  • The return of nuclear fusion. It’s a 50ft bastard.
  • 2300 year-old artefacts may change Ashoka-Buddhist history.
  • Moyers: the secret government, constitution part 1 and part 2.
  • The Enlightenment has been taking its knocks.
  • Christopher Knight: who built the moon?

Quote of the Day:

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

Mark Twain

          1. both
            If you and your intended apply this medicine internally, you will be alone. Then you can work such charms as you have left. As usual, you have to be careful with the dosage.

          2. Yep
            Granted, at one point or another there won’t be much sense of smell left anyway though.

            Again, dosage would be crucial nonetheless.

  1. Who Built the Moon
    A ridiclous concept, right – somebody built the Moon. However, those that monitor equipment left by visiting astronauts report that meteor-strikes ‘ring like a bell’, as if the thing were hollow. The coincidences that had to happen for the Moon to exist are indeed amazing. The Moon is four-hundred times smaller than the Sun but four-hundred times closer to the Earth yielding a perfect eclipse. The presently accepted moon-creation theory, a Mars-sized body slammed into Earth creating the Pacific Ocean and the Moon, seems unsatisfactory to me. Wouldn’t a collision like that have knocked the Earth out of orbit and into the Sun unless it was hit by another body of the same mass from the opposite direction?

    I found this 2005 unsigned debunking of Who Built the Moon?. However, note that this reviewer labels Knight and Butler as kooks but it does not offer Moon-creation alternatives except that incredible coincidences do happen.

    I think I’ll read it anyway if only for the discussion of the anomolies. I don’t try to demolish people’s ideas unless I’ve got a better one. Has anyone here read it?

    1. i’ve got a copy
      and a different solution which explains the ringing like a bell, the mare, the size of the moon, and the coincidence of the eclipse. But I’m not telling 😛

      You can always email me and ask nicely, Bill 🙂

  2. You’ve one-upped me, Jameske
    Throwing Peter Singer into a discussion is a bit unfair.I believe everything that man says.Yes he is right on when he says we must have freedom of speech.
    I just wonder sometimes, as he does himself, at what cost.

    In the article on Critical Thinking, I loved the little quote by Thomas Sowell.
    Solutions…..that is what everyone wants.I often wonder how we developed into a species that demands solutions to everything.
    It is quite obvious there are no solutions to some problems, but it doesn’t stop people demanding them.

    I enjoyed the news today.Thank you.


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