noun, plural -ries.
1. the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant,especially undue display of learning. 2. slavish attention to rules, details, etc. 3. an instance of being pedantic: the pedantries of modern criticism. We receive a lot of feedback on our shows, which we love. It’s nearly impossible to produce an 80 minute show every week on scientific and technical topics without frequent errors. We have no staff of editors or researchers, and we all have day jobs. So we [...]
NASA has released high-res pictures of the Apollo 17 landing site. These were taking by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has already sent back similar pictures. These are from lower orbit, and so are better resolution.
Visible in this picture are the tracks made by the lunar rover, the boot tracks made [...]
It seems each week on the SGU one or more issues come up where some of our listeners like to engage in a bit of pedantry. It’s part of the skeptical culture, and it’s all good. Attention to detail, precision, and completeness are important aspects of science and critical thinking. We are happy to engage [...]
I have often heard UFO enthusiasts defend their position by arguing that it is likely we are not alone in the universe. If aliens exist, which is likely, they argue, then why can’t they be visiting us. We recently received an e-mail from a self-identified skeptic and SGU listener making this same point:
With this [...]
It should come as no surprise to any thinking person that the rapture predicted by Harold Camping did not occur last night. No earthquake, no second coming, no hell on earth. Yawn.
What is at least semi-interesting about this latest failed doomsday prediction is the mental malfunction that led Camping to his conclusions in the [...]