Apr 142014
 

Another great video from potholer54 where he explains the need to get facts regarding climate change. Truth matters.

And potholer54’s playlist is simply brilliant:

Oct 062013
 

Razib Khan (Gene Expression) and Christopher Chabris (The Invisible Gorilla) are not impressed with Gladwell’s latest work “David and Goliath“. Further info at:

A few years ago I tried to read Gladwell’s book “blink” but I didn’t get past the first few pages; I’m obviously not the target audience. And that’s quite ironic considering the premise behind “blink“!

The interesting thing about the articles from Khan and Chabris is it’s clear that, although Gladwell does not have good evidence for a lot of things he promotes, it does provoke debate. Perhaps Gladwell just needs to be a bit more transparent to his readers that his conjectures are not supported with good evidence, but are worth exploring. But then what do I know? I couldn’t get past the first few pages of “blink“!

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Sep 132013
 

I’ve previously highlighted the videos by potholer54 and his doughty work to show how to sort the wheat from the chaff, and to expose the myths in the climate change debate. potholer54 has just put up a new video in response to the more recent misinformation in the media. In particular, potholer54 exposes David Rose of the Daily Mail as the guilty party for such misinformation:

Latest myth from the Mail on Sunday: Arctic ice has returned

Make no mistake, potholer54 will challenge and expose anyone for their lies, exaggeration and misinformation regardless of their support or denial of global warming. It’s the truth that matters.

I beg your forgiveness for repeating potholer54’s quote, but it is irresistible:

There is a lot of inaccurate nonsense about climate science written in blogs and the media, whether exaggerating the effects of climate change or seeking to undermine the science behind it. This series checks the sources of these claims and shows how they have been misinterpreted or deliberately altered. I have no expertise in climatology, I am a former science journalist, so checking facts is what I do. And I always cite these sources so you can check them for yourselves. Along the way, I explain the real science as relayed by researchers in published papers, in a way that makes it easy to understand.

Check out his playlist, you will be enlightened:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Sep 042013
 

I suppose the media think it fashionable to provide platforms for those who misrepresent Richard Dawkins. This representation is deliberately instigated by the religious and by others who will say anything if it fulfils their politically agenda. Liars for the gods, liars for the left, liars for the right, liars for the liberals, liars for the racists, liars for the deluded and liars for the tyrants.

Richard Dawkins gives one example in his article of someone who has recently undertaken such misrepresentation:

There are, of course, many resources where such misrepresentation is deconstructed but the media, in general, seem disinterested; it doesn’t sell. So I’d put the media in that list of liars.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Mar 102013
 

The potholer54 YouTube channel has a lot of easily understood videos on science and highlights some of the lies and misinformation in the media and on the Internet. He says:

The main purpose of this channel is to explain in simple terms the conclusions of scientific research, and correct some of the unsourced crap we get fed on the Internet. I am a former science journalist (see the “Who I am” video) with a degree in geology.

In particular, potholer54’s series on climate change is simply unsurpassed when it comes to detailing all the nonsense out there on both sides of the so-called “climate change debate”. He says:

There is a lot of inaccurate nonsense about climate science written in blogs and the media, whether exaggerating the effects of climate change or seeking to undermine the science behind it. This series checks the sources of these claims and shows how they have been misinterpreted or deliberately altered. I have no expertise in climatology, I am a former science journalist, so checking facts is what I do. And I always cite these sources so you can check them for yourselves. Along the way, I explain the real science as relayed by researchers in published papers, in a way that makes it easy to understand.

I highly recommend you view this series if you want to know what’s really going on. The series is several hours long but is available in a handy playlist here:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Oct 212012
 

Oh dear. Paul Broun is a US Congressman and is also a member of the House of Representative’s Committee on Science And Technology. At the Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia, he describes himself as a scientist and declares that the Earth is young. He’s a Christian, and I would call him a Young Earth Creationist.

Rep. Broun: Evolution, Embryology, Big Bang Theory Are “Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell”

The problem, of course, is that science shows that Broun’s conjectures and conclusions are wrong. But he’s playing to the gallery. He panders to them. The scary thing is if he believes in that drivel.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

May 022012
 

It seems Father Robert Barron thinks that “true” atheists have a joyless, hopeless mentality.

Well, Father Robert Barron must be a buffoon; as an atheist I know how precious life is, that we have this one moment in time to enjoy, to love and be loved, to help others, to wonder in amazement at what this world brings, to create monuments, to fight against injustice.

I love helping others, I enjoy the rewards and recognition of hard work, I love travelling and meeting people around the world, I love taking photos which I hope others will also enjoy. All this without the falsehoods and injustices that religions bring. A life free from religious tyranny and enslavement.

There is no evidence for a god. And religions have empty words built on delusion and lies. So, yes, live a full of joy. Father Robert Barron doesn’t get it.

UPDATE 2nd May 2012: Eric MacDonald provides a more detailed response on Father Robert Barron’s “ideas”.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Mar 312012
 

Great video from philhellenes:

Dust That Sings

There is a beauty out there and in here, a truth of how the world really is. But the distortions of religions, their delusions and lies, hide that and create a grotesqueness of reality, the enslavement of free thought and the suppression of rationality.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Mar 102012
 

Quite funny.

The problem, of course, is that any form of discussion based on evidence and reason inflames the religious who just cannot accept that their world view is based on falsehoods, lies and immoral concepts. As far as they’re concerned, such arguments are shrill, disrespectful and rude. I have very little time to pander to the delusional and irrational, so I say it like it is.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Nov 222010
 

I couldn’t believe this:

The article describes John Benneth’s vehement, unpleasant and ultimately unjustifiable attacks on Quackometer. The homeopathy movement is based on demonstrable untruths but homeopaths are in denial. It’s this, if anything, that explains why  homeopaths are increasing embracing lies and other gutter strategies. The whole movement should be ashamed.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2010