Category Archive: Science

Jun 29 2015

On CO2 Pricing in Canada

In the past week, there have been two news items in Canada on the pricing of CO2.  The first came from Alberta’s new NDP government.  Rachel Notley‘s government announced that large emitters in Alberta will need to reduce their CO2 intensity by 20% by 2017.  Any emissions above that level will be charged a tax …

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Jun 02 2014

On the EPA CO2 Reduction Target

Today, the EPA and President Obama unveiled a plan to reduce major power plant CO2 emissions by 30% in 16 years (by 2030).  This will basically kill the coal-fired power industry, and subsequently the coal mining industry in America. There is much discussion on the net about how foolish this is, such as:  The reduction …

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May 20 2014

Hard vs. Soft Science

Today over on WUWT, Steve Burnett writes eloquently and very forcefully on the ridiculous stance and attempts by those in the “soft sciences” like psychology, sociology, economics and similar fields to attempt to play equals with the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, engineering).   The parts I liked the most: In short philosophers, and sociologists …

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Apr 09 2014

Australia correctly calls homeopathy quackery

Australia’s government has published a report that correctly identifies homeopathy as quackery: http://m.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/health/nhmrc-rule-homeopathic-remedies-useless-for-human-health/story-fni0diac-1226878166107 now if only Health Canada would do the same. Related articles Surprise! New study by Australians shows that homeopathy is bunk Australians ‘wasting money’ on homeopathy Just how stupid do homeopaths think we are?

Mar 22 2014

Secrecy in Schools, Followup

On Thursday evening, I met with my daughter’s Grade 10 Science teacher, and she was pleasant and did a good job explaining the exam and I now feel that this teacher is at least competent.  However, I also met with the vice-principal, and asked for further explanation of the “secret” exam policy.   I am …

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Mar 01 2013

Crash Course

While I normally write about politics, I sometimes write on education.  Today I would like to point out a great series of Youtube videos that are very funny and educational (even if I’m generally knowledgeable in the subjects).  Crash Course is hosted by the vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green, and puts subjects like World and …

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Jun 20 2012

On Oversimplification

I have for some time found a common human behaviour very disturbing.   Michael Shermer describes it in his book The Believing Brain: Dr. Shermer also provides the neuroscience behind our beliefs. The brain is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses the brain naturally begins to look for and find …

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May 25 2012

On Plastic Bag Restrictions

Recently, the City of Los Angeles decided to ban the use of plastic grocery bags, ostensibly for the purposes of reducing litter and being good for the environment.  Jay Beeber over at Reason.com explained clearly this week why it is a pointless regulation, other than to make some leftist enviromentalists feel better: There’s a crisis …

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May 23 2012

On the West and the Rest

Last night, I viewed Part 1 of the new documentary from Niall Ferguson on PBS, titled “Civilization: The West and the Rest“.  I have previously enjoyed books by Ferguson, so I was looking forward to this documentary.   Before I provide my opinion on the program, I will given you a brief overview of his thesis. …

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May 12 2012

On CO2 Emissions in the Oil Sands

In today’s National Post, John Ivison and Andrew Coyne provide an interesting dichotomy about the debta surrounding climate change, the oil sands, CO2 emissions and the politics of perception. Ivison starts by stating that Ottawa (i.e. the government of Canada) must act to reign in oil sands emissions, or else the critics will be proven correct …

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