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When scientists get matching tattoos

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There’s something wrong with this picture.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Proles, Science

40-year-old journalist learns that his brain is old

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http://nautil.us/issue/36/aging/learning-chess-at-40

I highly recommend this article, about a 40-year-old journalist who tried to learn chess alongside his 4-year-old daughter, but she got better than him.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 16, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Biology, Science

Heat much more expensive than air conditioning

This is something I never realized (I guess because I get free heat from my landlord, and before that I lived in Phoenix), but according to this energy blog Americans spend more than four times as much on heating than they do on cooling.

This is why Florida is such a poplar retirement destination! It’s less expensive to live there because you rarely need to turn on the heaters.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 16, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Science

Fake science

https://www.businessinsider.com/cheese-dairy-not-linked-to-heart-problems-death-2018-7?r=UK&IR=T

That eating cholesterol causes heart attacks is finally getting attention from the fakestream media for being fake science (although they are not using that term). For decades, a consensus of scientists told us that eating cholesterol causes people to get heart attacks, but it has always been fake science, never based on any empirical evidence, just the theory that cholesterol clogs arteries (true), therefore if people eat less cholesterol they will have less clogged arteries and less heart disease (false).

Reminder: the following fake science is still completely endorsed, and spread by, the fakestream media:

  • Mankind is causing catastrophic global warming.
  • There is no genetic difference in IQ or other behavior between races.

In all three cases, the impetus behind the propagation of fake science is the belief that it’s necessary to prevent dissenting and skeptical viewpoints in order to avert some great harm, like people dying from heart attacks, destruction of the climate, or racism (the greatest of all evils). “Science” can no longer be trusted when it becomes politicized.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Science

Kudos to Trump administration on breastfeeding

The notion that breastfeeding benefits IQ has been debunked. This is what I previously wrote on this topic:

Der, Batty and Deary study

The Der, Batty and Deary study uses data from the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. It looks at the children of participants in that study, who were tested between the years of 1986 and 2002, so these children were fed formula before supplementation of infant formula with DHA and ARA fatty acids (which are supposed to better duplicate the effect of human breast milk) were available in the United States.

The Der, Batty and Deary study notes the major confounding factor in breast-feeding analyses is that women who breastfeed are usually of higher intelligence and social class than those who don’t breastfeed. In the NLSY79 data, breastfeeding mothers scored about one standard deviation higher on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).

A multiple regression analysis of the NLSY79 data, which includes 5475 children, shows that breast feeding has no statistically significant impact on children’s cognitive assessments. Factors having the strongest correlations with children’s cognitive assessments are the mother’s AFQT score, the HOME cognitive stimulation score (which is probably a good surrogate for the father’s IQ and a host of other socioeconomic factors), and strangely enough, birth order.

The study also did an analysis of 332 sibling pairs where one was breastfed and the other was not. The results show that the formula-fed sibling had an IQ that was 0.63 points higher than the breastfed sibling. The authors didn’t bother to point out that this result was the opposite of the expected pattern. The P value is 0.506, so the authors probably figured this is just a statistically insignificant fluke and not worth mentioning.

There is additional evidence in the study, beyond what I’ve written about here, confirming the conclusion. Based on the Der, Batty and Deary study, I am convinced that the hypothesis that breast feeding causes higher IQ has been proven false. The cause and effect go the other way. Breast feeding predicts having parents with higher IQs and higher socioeconomic status.

Probably, any other alleged benefits of breastfeeding are distorted by the same biases, that is that breastfeeding has become highly desired by high-IQ high-social-class mothers, while formula is now primarily used by the lazy poor.

So I give kudos to the Trump administration for sticking up for formula feeding . Only Trump can stand up to the SJWs on junk science like breastfeeding and global warming.

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EST pm

Psychology of belief in global warming

As I wrote yesterday, people believe stuff because other people believe it.

The introduction to Tim Ball’s book on global warming:

This book examines the claims of human induced global warming made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) using proper journalistic and investigative techniques. It explains how it was a premeditated, orchestrated deception, using science to impose a political agenda. It fooled a majority including most scientists. They assumed that other scientists would not produce science for a political agenda. German Physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls finally decided to look for himself. Here is what he discovered.

Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data—first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it.…scientifically it is sheer absurdity to think we can get a nice climate by turning a CO2 adjustment knob.

What happened with global warming is that a small group of “scientists” decided to promote this theory for political rather than scientific reasons, and they were able to create a belief cascade, so as more people believed it, even more people then believed it based on what has become overwhelming social proof.

The physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls admits that he initially believed in global warming because he just assumed that if other “scientists” believed in it, then it must be true, but then when he looked into it himself, he realized that global warming was fake science.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 20, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Psychology, Science

Space Force

While I wouldn’t normally highlight a tweet mocking Trump, I can’t help it, this is funny.

I assume that this is part of a 4D-chess type of plan to divert media attention away from something else.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 18, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Science

I’ve decided that cats are way cuter than dogs

After looking at many cat and dog pictures on Instagram, the cat pictures almost always strike me as being cuter than the dog pictures, and I am more inclined to “like” them.

Now, it’s possible that this is because I’m infected with toxoplasmosis because I touched cat doody when I was a kid, but I’m going to go with the theory that cats self-domesticated themselves to be cute, because the cute cats received more food gifts from humans and thus were more successful at surviving and passing on their genes to future generations of cute cats.

Because dogs were domesticated by humans for practical reasons like guard duty and assistance in hunting, they didn’t have to be cute to get fed.

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I also have come to the conclusion that cats are stupid animals, but their instinctive behaviors make us humans think they are smarter than they really are. Cat may even be less intelligent than the rats they prey upon!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 24, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Biology, Science

Is cat man’s best friend, not dog?

https://www.livescience.com/18294-cats-world-died.html

A study in New Zealand in 1979 found that, when cats were nearly eradicated from a small island, the local rat population quickly quadrupled.

Without cats, there would be a massive increase in rats and other rodents which would eat food stores and crops, resulting in mass starvation among the world’s poorer nations.

Man needs cats to live!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Science, Uncategorized

UFO encounter?

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/01/02/fighter-pilot-chases-ufo-urges-world-leaders-to-take-threat-aliens-seriously.html

The pilot said that no human would withstand the acceleration of the UFO, so that likely means that it’s a robot-ship with no biological lifeforms aboard. Unless they have anti-grav/artificial-grav/inertial-dampening technology (which they must have on Star Trek otherwise the impulse engines would crush everyone when they accelerate).

And assuming it’s really a physical craft and not just some natural phenomenon.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 10, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Science

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