Tag Archives: skepticism

The economic argument against woo-woo

This via the outstanding (as always) xkcd (and a tip of the hat to the redoubtable Dave Bath). If woo worked, here are some potential market applications. Do click through to xkcd’s site to view the mouse-over, which doesn’t work for everyone on a WordPress blog. It is chuckle-worthy.

‘The Destroyer of Worlds’

Many Westerners know one passage from the Hindu scriptures, even if they do not know its provenance: physicist Robert Oppenheimer‘s statement — in response to the first successful nuclear test — that ‘now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’. The source, of course, is the Bhagavad Gita, and the speaker is Krishna, who — […]

Climate change, scepticism and elitism

Half the harm that is done in this world Is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle To think well of themselves. […]

The Cats That Will Not Be Herded

I’m reasonably sure I was the first libertarian to suggest that organising libertarians was akin to herding cats (here, apparently), and since then the notion has spread around Ozblogistan. Well, I think I’ve found a new group of cats that will not be herded: atheists. This observation comes after noting the response to a piece […]