Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

Leftover Links 8 January 2013

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Some good stuff leftover today that I didn’t get too. Laugh, weep, discard.   Look at this old 60 Minutes segment about Ganzfeld experiments. From the archives: Psychic science, circa-1973 – 60 Minutes Overtime – CBS News. There is a crazy spot of purple here. Is that hell? Are eggs frying? Asphalt melting? It’s So…

Scientology’s exposure continues with two new books and a documentary

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‘Scientologists believe the Holocaust was planned and carried out by psychiatrists’ – Americas – World – The Independent. The author of a new book on Scientology (“The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology”) has some harsh words. And, another new book is also out, but has to face down British libel laws.…

Messenger’s measles messup: An anti-vax book for children (UPDATED)

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Anti-vaccine book tells kids to embrace measles – Salon.com. Anti-vaxer Stephanie Messenger is the author of this book. According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to: Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully. Often today, we are being bombarded with messages…

Indonesia’s plan to emphasize religion over science in schools is misguided

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This idea is EXACTLY backwards. Indonesia Envisions More Religion in Schools. Millions of children in Indonesian elementary schools may no longer have separate science classes starting in June, the beginning of their next school year, if the government approves a curriculum overhaul that would merge science and social studies with other classes so more time…

Moderation for understanding: Tone matters for online comments, study says

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This is a good reason for the comment policy on this site. The results of this rather large study is not surprising. Tone matters. Online comments hurt science understanding, study finds   A new obstacle to scientific literacy may be emerging, according to a paper in the journal Science by two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.…

Conspiracy professor manufactures outrageous alternative story of Newtown shooting

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FAU prof stirs controversy by disputing Newtown massacre A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary [sic] at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported – or may not have happened at all. Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his…