Daily Archives: October 1, 2014

Extra Dimensions, Materialism and Consciousness: Science vs. Woo

by | October 1, 2014

A week or so ago, I participated in a super saturated Deepak Chopra-esque woo discussion on Facebook. It astounds me that a participating member of a technologically advanced society can confidentially assert the statements I’ve captured below. I don’t know how we can dispel so many of these misconceptions but I do know that they are widespread and… Read more »

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Jerry Coyne’s Albatross in Flight

by | October 1, 2014

Samuel Taylor Coleridge ‘s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is the source of the phrase “an albatross around one’s neck,” a metaphor for an encumbrance or a burden. Jerry Coyne used The Albatross as a working title for a book he was writing.  It is no longer necessary for Coyne or readers of… Read more »

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The Ignorance of Newspaper Commenters

by | October 1, 2014

There are two meanings for the word ignorant: 1. Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated and the informal 2. Discourteous or rude Many of the people commenting on the Ottawa Citizen article, “Anti-separate School Ad Campaign Rejected” are ignorant in both senses of the word. The commenters who are ignorant of the… Read more »

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Rewriting an English Idiom

by | October 1, 2014

The Elim Family Worship Centre in Peterborough, Ontario has rewritten the English idiom An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. and ignores the warning Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number-one cause of skin cancer. Sunscreen protects our skin from the the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light; a healthy dose of… Read more »

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