The Scale of Blindness

I don’t have a huge amount of time to write, but I do have to say at least something. I read an article on CNN that makes me want to weep. Flat Earth belief is exploding precipitously. The problem I have is a very simple one. You cannot argue with a flat earther. Flat earthers […]

How to see that the Earth is round

I decided to try to collect readily made, non-satellite observations which help confirm the roundness of the Earth. These are things you can go and actually see in the world around you which are either a direct consequence of the roundness of the earth, or a direct observation of it. I repeat myself: the things […]

Quantum Physicist Self Evaluation

(This post was generated in response to a Quantum University Crank over the last month and tacked at the end of my Quantum University post. I left it there for the Quantum U jackasses to come and gawk and pretend their pseudoscience will give them some supernatural powers, but I also post it here because […]

Grade A crankery at Quantum University (part 2)

This is a repost of a section of my original quantum university post. I decided that I wanted to put it up as its own blog entry so that it would have some opportunity to be read in its own right. A comment has lead me to believe that the august body of Quantum University […]

Disagreeing with “Our Mathematical Universe”

My wife and I have been listening to Max Tegmark’s book “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality” as an audiobook during our trips to and from work lately. When he hit his chapter explaining Quantum Mechanics and his “Level 3 multiverse” I found that I profoundly disagree with this guy. […]

Flat Earth “Research”

You no doubt heard about this fellow in the last week with the steampunk rocket with “Flat Earth Research” written on the side. In my opinion, he was pretty clearly trolling the media; not much likelihood of resolving any issues about the shape of the Earth if the peak altitude of your rocket is only […]

Revoke Shaquille’s Doctorate in Education… he doesn’t deserve it.

We are in a world where truth doesn’t matter. Read this and weep. These men are apparently the authorities of truth in our world. Everywhere you look, truth itself is under assault. It doesn’t really matter whether you believe, it really doesn’t matter what you want it to say. Truth is not beholden to human […]

Calculating Molarity part 2: Vaccine structure

I’ve continued to think about this post at Respectful Insolence. You may already have read my previous post on this subject. I had a short conversation with Orac by email about the previous post; he had asked me what I thought about the alterations he made after thinking about my objections. One thing I answered […]

The Difference Between Trees and Rocks

This post is in response to a Flat Earther youtube video entitled “There are no forests on Flat Earth Wake Up.” I won’t link directly to this video because I refuse to help provide it with traffic. I first happened across a description of this video in an article from The Atlantic. At the time, […]

EM Drive paper passed Peer Review

Or, why passing peer review doesn’t suddenly mean that a technology is either validated or useful. I just saw an article in Universe today claiming that a paper on the EM Drive is forthcoming. As you may remember from my previous post, the EM Drive is a piece of crank technology that is The One […]