Oct 312010
 

Last week Friday I popped into the Sky 3D demo booth at Victoria mainline station in London. I was given passive glasses and viewed the 3D content on an LG TV screen. Once the initial “Wow” began to wear-off, it was clear that the 3D content shown was mostly gimmicky. It was a demo, though, so I should cut Sky some slack here.

Viewing the 3D content was a very odd experience in that, although you can perceive a 3-dimensional environment, your eyes were unable to focus in the 3D-plane. But even more disconcerting was when I left the booth. I felt extremely disoriented; I was having trouble perceiving depth or distance to objects. It was difficult to walk. I do not know how much better it would have been with active glasses, but this encounter with 3D has made up my mind.

3D. Avoid.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 292010
 

DC’s Improbable Science provides an update on the so-called “College of Medicine”:

I share DC’s despair; the “College of Medicine” is really nothing more than a reincarnation of the decrepitude and morally bankrupt Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health. I originally called the “College of Medicine” the “College of Un-medicine”. DC goes further and believes that "Antiscientific Council" would be a more apt description.

There is an established self-correcting process called the “scientific method” which helps us to determine what is medicine and what is bullshit. Ben Goldacre’s book “Bad Science” cuts through all the nonsense and gets straight to the point; the need for proper scientific trials. And by proper, this means: large scale, randomised, double-blinded, controlled, peer-reviewed and repeatable (using a systematic approach undertaken by the excellent and valuable Cochrane Collaboration).

Those that do not correctly follow the scientific approach and who try to foster us with unproven or demonstrably non-efficacious medical treatments are liable to be called quacks. At best.

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Here’s a very short BBC Radio 4 audio of Ben Goldacre explaining the creation of the Cochrane Collaboration:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 262010
 

The sad thing is that people buy into this crystal/energy/frequency nonsense:

Here’s an earlier related article:

Quackery? Scam? You decide.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 202010
 

The saga of “Officer Bubbles” continues…

It was great that the incident was caught on camera. Cameras are a wonderful tool as they help in fighting abuse of power.

I do wonder, though, how many other such incidents have not been caught on camera…

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 202010
 

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From http://xkcd.com/808/

“Eventually arguing that these things work means arguing that modern capitalism isn’t that ruthlessly profit-focused.”

As brilliant as this graphic is, the crazies will argue that it’s all a global conspiracy keep power and knowledge away from the general populace…

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 112010
 

Homeopathy has been shown to be garbage and drivel. And homeopaths know that. If they don’t know it then they are incompetent. Regardless that they be unethical, liars or incompetent it is clear these horse-shit pedlars need to be constrained in what they do and what they say.

The Quackometer article The Futility of Finding Physical Explanations for Homeopathy slaps homeopathy in the face. C’mon homeopaths, get over it and get used to it. Find an ethical way to treat people and don’t wrap it all in a lie.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 112010
 

Jerry Coyne’s USA Today op-ed is at “Science and religion aren’t friends”:

As Coyne states in his article, science operates by using evidence and reason. Religions are not “truth”; they’re merely inventions of the human mind and is shown by science as having no substance and full of superstition, injustice, contradiction and irrationality with zero evidence for their so-called “truth”. As scientific knowledge increases, gods are nowhere to be found and are not needed or required to explain the workings of the universe.

Coyne’s blog “Why Evolution Is True” can be found at http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/

Some of my own thoughts related to this subject can be found in an overlapping article at “Center for Inquiry” attack on atheists:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 082010
 

You can decide what kind of person Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is by having a read of Bad Astronomy article The global warming witch hunt continues at:

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Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010

Oct 072010
 

I came across this article from an ex-Muslim explaining how reading the Quran led him to become an atheist:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010