Posts filed under “UnScience”

Earth Day Blues


Source: Star Tribune

Category: Digital Media, Humor, Really, really bad calls, UnScience

Guide to Spotting Bad Science

Great list:   Source: Compound Chem

Category: Digital Media, Science, UnScience

Science Shmience

Adam Zyglis on Science Skeptics   Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News  

Category: Humor, UnScience

Follow the Money: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Last month, I wrote about global warming in the context of investment opportunities. As part of that discussion, I mentioned McKenzie Funk’s new book, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming.” I thought framing the financial opportunities of this might bypass the usual agnotology and political foolishness. To quote: “This debate is no longer about…Read More

Category: Investing, Travel, UnScience

Creationism in Public Schools Mapped

Source: Slate

Category: Politics, Really, really bad calls, Science, UnScience

Attention All Astro-Traders & Financial Astrologers!

Attention All Astro-Traders & Financial Astrologers!

That was the subject line of an e-mail that hit my inbox yesterday. It was curious enough that, unlike most of the junk sent my way, I went to Google to see what and who it was all about.

The discussion was forwarded to me by a successful trader I know in the Seattle area, with the observation “It is amazing the lengths people will go to in seeking predictability” along with the tongue-in-cheek comment, “I always wanted to be an astro-trader!”

The e-mail was about a “long awaited” book — really a trading course — titled “Secrets of the Chronocraters,” by Dr. Alexander Goulden. The e-mail boldly claimed this work is the “DEEPEST & MOST ADVANCED work on Financial Astrology ever written!” Which to my skeptical mind, is like arguing which real housewife of New Jersey is the most probable winner of next year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

Did I mention it is now on sale at the low, low price of $3,600? That seems like a perfectly fair price for “a concise, applied manual, which will predict market trends and turns like nothing else.”

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Category: Really, really bad calls, Trading, UnScience

How accurate is the groundhog?

Not so good – less than chance, in fact. Approximately 90% of the time, Phil sees his shadow. Records indicate he’s right just 39% of the time — worse than a coin flip. Phil and his ancestors have been doing this since 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. -Wit & Wisdom  

Category: Bad Math, UnScience

Global Warming Battle Is Now About Market Share — Not Science

Last week, the New York Times reported that venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average component Coca-Cola Co. was awakening to the impact of climate change on its business. The increase in unpredictable weather, droughts, floods and other climate-related events was disrupting the company’s product supply. Some of their “essential ingredients” are now under threat. Global warming,…Read More

Category: Investing, Science, UnScience

Polar Vortex Behind U.S. Big Chill Explained

The chilling weather phenomenon that hit much of the U.S. in January is explained by scientist Eric Fetzer using data from NASA’s AIRS instrument. To see a data only version, watch at: http://youtu.be/PCtDB0zOcO4 This movie of temperature observations from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft depicts the first major North American…Read More

Category: Science, UnScience, Weekend

Classic Logical Errors and Rhetorical Failures

Rhetological Fallacies via Information is Beautiful

 

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Category: Really, really bad calls, UnScience