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September 24, 2013

Agents of SHIELD/Iron Man 3 Open Thread

So yeah just letting you know that I am counting down the minutes until I am disappointed by Agents of SHIELD, even though I technically don't really care.

Meh. After that I'll watch the stupid Iron Man 3, which I also think will disappoint me Because Terrorists Are Always Working For American Corporations You Guys.

I'll let you know.

Open Thread.

All I've got is this, from @comradearthur -- Popular Science is shutting down its comments because they tend to destroy "scientific doctrine."

Yeah it's about Global Warming. Assist to Evolution.

If you carry out those results to their logical end--commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded--you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the "off" switch.

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to "debate" on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

Oh and Andy, @theh2, says the following is worth a watch.

Mike Rowe gave some kind of much-discussed TED talk. (I never heard of it.) I guess he said some funny things. Maybe not intentionally funny. He now explains this.



The Talk:

And The Explanation. Apparently wine was involved.

[Update - Andy] Stick with that explanation podcast to the end. You won't be disappointed.

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