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Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant

Debating those who reject scientific facts has been a hobby of mine for several years now. It’s not a very rewarding hobby, and it comes with high stress levels and periodic fits of rage, so I don’t particularly recommend it. … Continue reading

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I used to be a science denier: My journey from pseudoscience to skepticism

In this post, I decided to do something a bit different and write about my personal background rather than debunking woo, explaining a logical/scientific concept, or any of the other things that I usually do on this blog. The embarrassing … Continue reading

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You’re probably wrong

I want to begin this post with a simple thought experiment. It is not original with me, and unfortunately, I don’t recall where I first heard it, but I think that it is a useful exercise. I want you to … Continue reading

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Evolutionary mechanisms part 7: Gene flow

So far in this series, we have talked about natural selection, sexual selection, genetic drift, and mutations, but that still leaves us with one final and very important evolutionary mechanism: gene flow. This simply refers to the movement of genetic … Continue reading

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Don’t mistake an assumption for a fact

I want you to imagine for a minute that you have been selected for jury duty, and you are sitting in the courtroom listening to the evidence. As you watch, the prosecution calls an expert forensic scientist to the stand, … Continue reading

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When is it reasonable to demand more studies?

I recently wrote a post in which I reviewed the scientific literature on vaccines and autism, and the responses from the anti-vaccine crowd were predictable. The most common of these responses followed the basic format of, “but it could be … Continue reading

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Evolutionary mechanisms part 3: the benefits of mutations

Mutations have an almost universally negative connotation (except in the context of superheros). When people hear the word, they instantly think of disabilities, bizarre disfigurements, and grotesque scenes from science fictions. The reality is, however, quite a bit different. Although … Continue reading

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