Où est Lafayette?

Lafayette Square (foreground). This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID highsm.04461.

For want of a photo-op for the President, the U.S. Attorney General ordered the forceful clearing of Lafayette Square last night ahead of curfew. This was all apparently so the President could awkwardly clutch a Bible and stand in front of a church. [1] Setting aside all the obvious things that are wrong with this… Continue reading Où est Lafayette?

Eating the Seed Corn: Science Policy Links for the week of April 9-14, 2017

Signs and portents abound in rhetoric from the current executive branch of the United States. Science, the only known way of establishing reliable information about the natural world, should be essential as a part of policy decision making. I try to highlight places where science and science-related agencies in the US have abandoned policy making… Continue reading Eating the Seed Corn: Science Policy Links for the week of April 9-14, 2017

US Presidential Candidates on Science and Policy – Innovation

Scientific American recently published the responses they received from many US President Candidates regarding questions on science and scientific matters. In this post, I apply the skills we expect from the practice of good argument and scientific thinking to assess the questions and the responses. Let’s focus on the “Innovation” question for this round.

Sign the petition: no platform for anti-vaccination message on American Airlines

American Airlines is planning to run an anti-vaccination message from the Australian Vaccination Network, AVN. AVN is a mis-leadingly named organization that promotes the discredited link between vaccines and autism, among other anti-scientific nonsense. They claim there is scientific debate about the dangers of vaccines (there is no such debate) and also claim [1] that… Continue reading Sign the petition: no platform for anti-vaccination message on American Airlines

The Tebow Distribution

Author’s Note: in the Dec. 18 game against the Patriots, the Broncos lost spectacularly. Chance giveth, and chance taketh away. I still stick to my punchline: based on the data, the Broncos are statistically behind their own curve… The first I heard of Tim Tebow, starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, was last night on… Continue reading The Tebow Distribution