While contracting an infectious disease is the last thing you’d expect when tucking into a healthy frozen snack, as recent headlines across the nation can attest, this is reality – imported foods can bring imported viruses with them. In this case, it was hepatitis A.
When asked if the glass of water (or wine, as I prefer to imagine it) is half full or half empty, there has never any doubt in my mind as to the correct answer – it is both at the same time. Is it right to judge the optimist for thinking it half full, or the pessimist for thinking it half empty, given I approach the question from a different (realist) point of view? Of course it is. The mere existence of different beliefs about the nature of the glass of water does not preclude the existence of an objectively correct answer.
The Internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, right? It’s brought us all together and enables instantaneous knowledge transfer between people who would otherwise never meet? Well, on paper, sure.
Barbie was very disgruntled when she woke up in the dollhouse. Everything smelled of vinyl and was so obliteratingly shiny, she had to wear sunnies indoors. Her stomach, despite its negligible size, was gurgling like a sewer monster, and Ken…
This week on Science Saturday, I get a big gay(er than usual) and talk a bit about how biology and natural selection might explain different forms of human sexuality.
Sleek designs, marketing brilliance and awe-inspiring technology are all behind Apple’s soaring popularity. On top of this, the company boasts of eco-friendly products, but a closer inspection may reveal more cunning tactics. One of Apple’s green initiatives, the Environmental Product Reports,…
It’s approaching Christmas time! Or the Holiday Season if you prefer, I guess. Whether or not non-religious people should celebrate a holiday that has roots in religious traditions is another topic entirely… but I do want to focus on one aspect of Christmas — teaching children about the existence of Santa Claus. Does this activity harm children, in the sense that they may be more open to suggestion about the existence of other non-existent beings, or does the inevitable realisation that they have been lied to make them more skeptical as adults?
The skeptical community is fighting an uphill battle in spreading the word about science and critical thinking, but why? Could the general public really be that resistant to learning about these topics, or could the issue lie more with the way the skeptical movement is perceived?