In the Midst of Our Death Spiral, US Department of Energy Re-Brands Fossil Fuels as “Freedom Molecules”

You can't make this shit up. Well, you can, but there's no need to make it up because idiots really are working tirelessly to make your descent into climate crisis oblivion more comfortable with cuddly snuggly safe words such as "Freedom Gas." by O Society May 29, 2019 Yes, they are. Today's Department of Energy … Continue reading In the Midst of Our Death Spiral, US Department of Energy Re-Brands Fossil Fuels as “Freedom Molecules”

The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

by Jonathan Leo & Jeffrey Lacasse Society Download as PDF Abstract The cause of mental disorders such as depression remains unknown. However, the idea that neurotransmitter imbalances cause depression is vigorously promoted by pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric profession at large. We examine media reports referring to this chemical imbalance theory and ask reporters for … Continue reading The Media and the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

How Did the Zebra Get Its Stripes?

Scientific testing zeroes in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.  by Tim Caro,Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Ecology, University of California, Davis and Martin How, Biological Sciences, University of Bristol Conversation Feb 20, 2019 Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew what's the use of sporting … Continue reading How Did the Zebra Get Its Stripes?

Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

  Philosophy need not be arcane, argued Aristotle, as he led by example, writing treatises for peers and public alike by Edith Hall Aeon Feb In a democratic society, where, in theory, every citizen contributes to the process of deliberation – or at least to the choice of representatives who will deliberate on her behalf – … Continue reading Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

by BRANKO MARCETIC  Jacobin Jan 28, 2019 If the Democrats really believed the science on climate change, they'd be offering far more radical proposals. We have to make them. "Après nous, le déluge!"   Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer talk during an event at the US Capitol on January 16 in Washington DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Imagine … Continue reading The Democrats Are Climate Change Deniers

The Vanishing

TomDispatch Dec 11, 2018 It’s not been a good era for migrants -- and no, I’m not talking about those “caravans” of desperate human beings from Central America heading for the U.S. (and the wrath of Donald J. Trump).  I’m thinking about birds -- shorebirds, in fact, which are surely the greatest migrants on the planet.  … Continue reading The Vanishing

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking