We need new leadership. Immediately, and everywhere where there is a semblance of democracy on the planet. We need a new kind of political party, one that is not bound by any current type of party politics; not left, not right, not centrist, not theological, not anything to the extreme ends of those creeds, and nothing resembling any of the countless political shades in between them. We need, in short, an intellectual and political earthquake. Continue reading “Why We Need to Vote in New Leaders to Tackle Climate Change; Leaders Who Do Not Ascribe to Any Current Political Ideology”
What does this image mean to you?
What about this one?
Or this one?
What those images should do is explain plainly the impact humans are having the biodiversity of life on the planet. As a consequence of our own expanding populations, improved harvesting technology, growing economies, and a continuous expansion of infrastructure – such as that seen in Western Europe and the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (ref), and the illegal wildlife trade (the fourth biggest illegal trade in the world) – we are fast heading for a calamity that is as bad as climate change – massive and unsustainable biodiversity loss. Continue reading “Human Demand for Unsustainable Food and Superstitious Medicine Must End to Stop Biodiversity Loss – Why We Need to Start Thinking Radically Differently”
Time is against me and I don’t get to write as much here as I would like. I have a full-time job and a social life. And I research and write here for free, but also for the pure enjoyment of writing about these topics. Also, I am enthused about the interest I garner from spammers in my comments sections. Who knew spammers had such a healthy interest in matters of science. So, in light of the many issues coming to my attention that I feel this blog needs to deal with, this post will deal with two separate recent announcements regarding the human impact upon the only home we currently know – Earth. Two birds with one post, as it were. Continue reading “Step One in Halting Climate Change: Introduce Laws to Force Food Businesses to Trade Sustainably.”
The most bracing piece of scientific news lately was clearly the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) starkly titled “Global Warming of 1.5oC”. (link)
The report is not news to anybody; not to scientists, not to those who read the news, and not to politicians. Although, they may profess other wise. Continue reading “The IPCC climate report 2018 – We need to heed it, but we probably won’t.”
What does science say about free will? The short answer is science does not really know. But if entire societal constructs have been built around the idea of free will, paradigms that have governed and shaped every facet of our lives for millennia in one guise or another, what do we do if it turns out that free will is just fiction? Continue reading “Free Will – What Does Science Say?”
In 1998 a paper was published in The Lancet that purported to show evidence that vaccines, specifically combined vaccines for mumps measles and rubella (MMR), increased the risk of children developing a range of autistic disorders. Despite an accompanying press conference (not a usual thing in science paper publishing) it proved to cause just a minor media splash. But by 2002 it was the largest science story of the year Continue reading “In Science We Trust?”
I often do not believe that many of the issues that science has to defend are worth confronting. A person who claims the earth is flat is clearly emotionally and/or intellectually running short of a few cylinders, and probably can be safely ignored. Today I came across a news item that forces me to admit that on this I am very wrong. Stupid apes do cause ripples that could end up influencing some very stupid public policy. Continue reading “Advanced Monkeys Maybe Not So Smart”
I tapped out the following post because of two reasons: Parasites are my biological speciality; and I get to write the word penis a few times. The picture is a close up of the penis of the parasitic nematode Steinernema feltiae
In Itacoatiara, a village by the Amazon river in northern Brazil, a man steps up to the river bank and unzips his fly and begins to urinate into the water. While watching his urine mix with the brown waters of the Amazon, he becomes briefly curious about a sudden swirl where his urine hit the river. Then, something zips up his urine stream from the river at speed and forces itself into his penis. Continue reading “Parasites: Weird Biology”
How did life begin? This is not a philosophical question. Or a theological one. It is purely scientific. It is a question on my own mind of late due to the publication of a new paper, already widely derided, suggesting that we contain DNA from extra-terrestrial sources. It also says that the octopus most likely is completely from space, Continue reading “I Was Once a Single-Celled Organism Stuck in a Hydro-Thermal Vent, Not a Space Octopus”
For scientists, among the most disheartening and maddening opinions to hear from non-scientists is one which rejects science. Science is not a belief system. It just is. Our awareness of it certainly changes. But the science does not change in response to our awareness. Rejecting it is not an option. And misrepresenting it is not an option for any endpoint. Continue reading “Fear Not Science”