Category Archives: Science

A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data

By John P.A. Ioannidis Source: Stat News The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. But it may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco. At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments … Continue reading

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Our Vanishing World: Oceans

By Robert J. Burrowes As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world’s governments and corporations to endlessly destroy … Continue reading

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Coronavirus reminds us we are organisms in an environment

By Kurt Cobb Source: Resilience A close friend of mine, a professor of English literature, has been researching American philosopher John Dewey, whose book Quest for Certainty captivated me so much many years ago that I read it again right … Continue reading

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Why this Draconian Response to COVID-19?

By Jeffrey A. Tucker Source: Activist Post Imagine if you are the organizer of a major arts and tech event that attracts a quarter-million attendees. One week out from the conference, the mayor cancels your event. Your event is not … Continue reading

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Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Our lives and behaviour have been turned into profit for the Big Tech giants – and we meekly click “Accept”. How did we sleepwalk into a world without privacy? By John Naughton Source: New Statesman Suppose you walk into a shop and … Continue reading

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It’s better to focus on where you are going than how you are feeling

By Christian Jarrett Source: aeon The notion that emotional pain and suffering reflect a deviation from a default happy baseline has been referred to as the ‘assumption of healthy normality’. But it’s a mistaken assumption. Estimates of the lifetime prevalence of psychiatric … Continue reading

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WUHAN AND HARVARD… AND JEFFREY

By Joseph P. Farrell Source: Giza Death Star I’m constantly amazed at the information that people email to me, but this one is a whopper doozie spotted by V.S. I’ve already blogged about the arrest of Dr. Charles Lieber of … Continue reading

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Hovering in Cyberspace

By Edward Curtin Source: Behind the Curtain We live in a fabricated reality where the visible world became nearly meaningless once the screen world became people’s “window on the world.”  An electronic nothingness replaced reality as people gleefully embraced digital … Continue reading

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