Fish Are the Last to Notice the Water

FishWater I ran into this phrase in a physics lecture, of all places, and knew it would be the title of my next article. And this is generally a true statement. Those who are immersed in something… who have always been immersed in it… are the last to see what it really is. By now it should be obvious to the people of the West that they’re being held in a …

Entropy and Spontaneous Generation

EntropySpontaneous When I wrote two weeks ago about spontaneous generation still being enthroned in science as the primordial soup (and it is), I wanted to avoid a long discussion on entropy. But since that’s the only option left open to die-hards, it became an issue. So today I’ll explain entropy and how it ties into this discussion. Even if you’re not particularly interested in science, I think this will be of …

Spontaneous Generation Is Still Enthroned in Science

EnthronedScience Spontaneous generation is a defunct theory text books use to illustrate the superiority of modern science. It was a medieval belief that things like rotting meat would spontaneously generate maggots, and so on. Our textbooks explain that this theory was abundantly disproven and that modern academics would never be suckered into that kind of silliness. Hold on to that thought. Breaking the Laws of Physics, Very, Very Slowly Let’s start …

“Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence” Is Bullshit

ExtraordinaryEvidence Apologies to those who are bothered by strong words; I feel that science deserves an especially strong defense. I think we’ve all heard the pseudo-scientific phrase, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” It’s the kind of thing people throw out at parties to make themselves sound smart. Except that this slogan isn’t scientific at all; in fact, it’s a perversion of science. Here’s why: Evidence Is Evidence Science is a process …

The Real Reason We Don’t Yet Live Among the Stars

moon1 The man in the photo below is Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. Cernan left the moon in December of 1972 – more than forty years ago – and no one has gone back. To understand how far we went forty years ago, on how little technology, consider this: Our modern smart phones have 200,000 times more power than the computers that took men to the …