Sep 16 2013

Science Proves I’m Right

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  1. BillyJoe7on 16 Sep 2013 at 9:33 am

    He can be beaten at his own game…
    Protons, which are all positively charged, are held together in the nucleus of every atom by the strongest force in the universe.

  2. Karl Withakayon 16 Sep 2013 at 10:07 am

    “…If you bring two South Poles together you find that the two South Poles will not attract indicating that same sex marriage should not hold.”

    I think he is unintentionally advocating for bestiality here by implying human-human marriage should not hold.

  3. Bruce Woodwardon 16 Sep 2013 at 10:43 am

    “Implicit social biases coloring research is not limited to such childish arguments and blatant prejudice.”

    Africa is still very much very homophobic (At least I know southern Africa is). This is mainly pushed by a very strong and real religious element (both Christian and Muslim). “Western” tolerance is just another example (in their eyes) of a degenerate society and its weak governance.

    This has very little to do with the difference between black and white people and everything to do with how insiduous the church has been and how ensconced they are in the basic education there.

  4. Kawarthajonon 16 Sep 2013 at 10:59 am

    What’s that term to use when you can’t tell if the story is a fake or real, because the reality is so nonsensical that it could be fiction?

  5. CWon 16 Sep 2013 at 11:16 am

    @ Kawarthajon

    Poe’s Law?

  6. Karl Withakayon 16 Sep 2013 at 11:18 am


    That would be a Poe, as in Poe’s Law. In this case, I am being lazy and depending on Steven to have done due diligence to confirm the authenticity of the story.

  7. locutusbrgon 16 Sep 2013 at 11:28 am

    Illogical thinking fascinates me. So which end off the magnet is attracted to him, is he a south pole or a north pole? Is a true hermaphrodite a true Monopole? Finally proof of a monopole.

    Steve The fact that anyone pays any attention to this non-sense is in fact depressing and disturbing. Yes it is a teaching paradigm for skeptics. It is also a depressing reminder of how bad the state of science understanding is. A much more uplifting story is your 9/11 truth-er from the podcast this week.

  8. worlebirdon 16 Sep 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I followed the article through to the original, at “This Day Live”, and I found the beginning of the article quite interesting. The reporter (and the “scientist” himself) spend quite a few words before the article even gets going just talking about the guy’s qualifications and the many amazing accomplishments. The one I found most amusing was his claim to have proven that pi does not equal 22/7, even though “everyone” thinks it does. Of course, this is nonsense. 22/7 is a useful approximation of pi, but we have known that it is not equal to pi for well over 2000 years. If that’s what counts for cutting-edge research at the University of Lagos, then they’re really in trouble.

  9. ConspicuousCarlon 16 Sep 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I thought magnets were miracles.

  10. Kawarthajonon 16 Sep 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Yeah, Poe, thanks folks! I had it on the tip of my tongue, but couldn’t quite remember it.

  11. Davdoodleson 16 Sep 2013 at 1:53 pm

    The term “race” reminds me of that creepy closeted Ray Comfort fellow’s obsessive use of the term “kind”.

    He dishonestly blithers the same childish factoid to parishioners, random passers-by, whoever: “Blah blah cat-kind dog-kind, horse-kind, worm-kind, human-kind, etc, blergh-fap”. In other words, he stacks the deck.

    Then, he “challenges” his set-upon, creeped-out, mark to explain exactly why snakes have never been observed in real-time to become racoons or bacteria or elephants. Or some-such meaningless bull-crap, ergo Deus est excogitatoris.

    Of course, as Creepy Ray and I and everyone knows there are no “kinds”, and there are no “races”. There’s just us, and our brothers and sisters, and our cousins (equally meaningless terms) the apes, monkeys, kangaroos, skinks, blob fish, trees, fungi, viruses and all the hard-working carbon atoms in the big ol’ universe.

    As an Antipodean myself, I apologize for my gibbering neighbor Raymond, and hope he quits embarrassing himself, and my hemisphere. The silly, sexually-frustrated, weirdo.

  12. Davdoodleson 16 Sep 2013 at 7:41 pm

    “I thought magnets were miracles.”

    Gay miracles, apparently.

  13. william64on 17 Sep 2013 at 12:05 am

    My reply to the math: 1+1=2, and 1′s are shaped like a sideways penis, therefore gay marriage is ok haha.

  14. delphi_oteon 17 Sep 2013 at 2:44 am

    Every time anyone brings up magnets, I have to post what is, in my opinion, the greatest answer to a question ever given. Mr. Feynman, magnets how do they work?

  15. eiskrystalon 17 Sep 2013 at 4:27 am

    It would make attracting a mate much easier if this were true. Of course you’d then be stuck with the first one that came along. And I do mean stuck ;)

  16. MikeBon 17 Sep 2013 at 5:16 am

    Now, now.

    If God had meant for men to have sex with other men, He would’ve put a hole in their arse.

    Wait a minute…

  17. Bruce Woodwardon 17 Sep 2013 at 5:25 am

    Mike, the anus is a satanic construct and everything we do with it is against god. True Christians never poop.

  18. eternallylearningon 20 Sep 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Dude… “fucking magnets; how do they work?” is not asking a question about sexual magnets. Magnets have nothing to do with sex. “Fucking magnets” are just magnets, and the answer tho how they work is not “heterosexually.”

  19. houdin654jeffon 21 Sep 2013 at 8:32 pm

    So, from what I’ve been able to glean from this alleged college graduate is that people are magnets and that’s why gayness is wrohbnjoe vg…

    The above statement was what I found on my screen after waking up from what I can only assume was an idiocy based black out. To resume in small bursts so I don’t shoot blood out of my nose… People are magnets. Magnets repel each other. Therefore, people who are the same should repel each other? Sure would make football a more interesting game if that were true.

    I’ve never been to college, but man, they must have some really good beer at the U of Lagos to kill THAT many brain cells.

  20. ebohlmanon 23 Sep 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Micellaneous observations:

    The big problem with debating whether a phenomenon is “natural” is that the word has multiple meanings, one of which is empirical (does the phenomen occur in nature) and another of which is normative (does the phenomenon agree with the “natural order”, the latter term usually being merely a sophistication for “God’s will”). In the “debate” over whether homosexuality is “natural”, the ones say “no” are inevitably using it normatively and the ones who say “yes” are inevitably using it empirically. I would be a very wealthy man if I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen this goalpost shift:

    Anti: homosexuality is unnatural.
    Pro: homosexuality has been found in thousands of different species
    Anti: Animals kill their own young. Are you saying we should act like them?

    Amalaha’s argument is sympathetic magic, pure and simple. He’s noticed a superficial similarity (barely that) of form and inferred a deep similarity of substance. It’s a juvenile form of reasoning, best suited to a middle-school locker room.

    While the APA’s removal of homosexuality from the DSM was certainly evidence-based, the actual timing of it was dictated by more political considerations, both external (pressure from gay activists) and internal (professional disputes between behaviorists and psychoanalysts); if the decision had been made purely on the evidence, it would have happened several years earlier.

    Evelyn Hooker’s work, which started the line of research demonstrating that homosexuality wasn’t psychopathological, was quite interesting from a skeptic POV. She demonstrated that practitioners who were skilled in administering projective tests like the Rorschach were unable to distinguish the results of gay subjects from straight subjects if they were blind to the subject’s orientation, despite the fact that most practitioners at the time claimed that gay men and straight men (the profession didn’t pay much attention to lesbians at the time) had distinct and different response patterns on the tests. The real interesting thing is that the tests themselves are now regarded by most researchers and practitioners as woo; Hooker had shown that practitioners of pseudoscience were unable to get results consistent with their own pseudoscientific beliefs.

  21. Mlemaon 25 Sep 2013 at 7:11 pm

    “The irony is that science has been the primary intellectual tool by which humanity has shed its narrow cultural prejudices, parochial views, and self-serving assumptions.”

    I disagree. Science typically follows the prevailing cultural norms when it comes to racism. Cultural racism has historically been turned by people who have determined in their hearts that all men are equal. Some of these people may have been scientists, but you can’t determine with science that all men are equal. Because different doesn’t require equal. Science always happens within culture.

  22. Mlemaon 25 Sep 2013 at 7:13 pm

    homosexuality too. in fact, I would say that science was used to perpetuate the “illness” of homosexuality, but finally could no longer overcome societal pressure.

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