Archive for the ‘The Public Understanding of Science’ Category

Astrology Disproven… Again

April 24, 2008

Astrology’s central claim is that when you were born contributes to your personality because of influence from the sun, moon, planets and stars. All the studies so far have produced null results, meaning that any predictions made turned out to be no more than guesswork. A new study published in the Journal of Consciousness Studies tracked more than 2000 babies from birth, all born in early March. According to astrology’s predictions, many of their personality traits would be the same. However, the results show that their is no correspondence between the babies.

Researchers looked at more than 100 different characteristics, including occupation, anxiety levels, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, sport, mathematics and reading – all of which astrologers claim can be gauged from birth charts.

The scientists failed to find any evidence of similarities between the “time twins”, however. They reported in the current issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies: “The test conditions could hardly have been more conducive to success . . . but the results are uniformly negative.”

Well there’s another nail in the coffin for this pseudoscience.

(hat tip to PZ Myers at Pharyngula)

Expelled Google-Bombing

April 14, 2008

so im going to take up PZ Meyers initiative and help link Ben Stein’s movie to the Expelled Exposed site in the Google results. Just copypasta this code:

<a href="http://expelledexposed.com/"><i>Expelled</i></a>

put it into anything you write about the movie.

And by the way, Expelled is Bullshit.

Expelled

Acupuncture and seedpods?

April 10, 2008

So i heard from one of my teachers today that she had just gotten acupuncture and had seedpods in her ears, so that it could help her quit smoking. While i know about acupuncture, i havent heard the one about the seedpods before. So i can only assume that they are part of the same gobbledygook as acupuncture. ( she said that they were on certain pressure points that controlled addiction, sounds pretty similar to the “basis” of acupuncture.) now, while there have been numerous tests on acupuncture, they seem inconclusive, but still seem to show the trait of this type of study; the larger, better controlled the study, the smaller the effect becomes. however, the results are still inconclusive, because there have been no true double-blind clinical studies on the “treatment”.
So, until better evidence appears, id spend my money on a real, medical treatment, not woo.
Also, anyone who can design a true double-blind study gets a gold star.

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Heres a Really, Really Fucking Good Idea: Science Debate 2008

December 19, 2007

Although i am not all that interested in politics (im a moderate). I am very disappointed with the scientific literacy of our politicians. Bush… i dont need to say anything about, and even with someone like al gore, while he knows that science is important, he doesnt really understand it (inconvenient truth anyone?). I think that an event like this would do wonders as far as forcing them to really understand scientific issues. I hope it goes through, but it needs your support. Go sign up and add your support.

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