Posts Tagged ‘science’

SCIENCE:

May 6, 2017

“Science is a process, not a product.”

This post is NOT about climate change.

GOOD SCIENCE?

A study has been carried out to determine the cause of statin side-effects.

According to the results of this study the side-effects of taking statins weren’t caused by the drug itself but psychologically – a kind of hypnotic effect; Belief is a very powerful force, which is why serious studies are always conducted “double-blind” (Where neither the patient nor doctor knows whether the pills are real or dummies.)

This appears to be a very serious study professionally carried out, but there are serious caveats; The lead author of the study takes the drug himself and the study was paid for by Pfizer – the producer of the drug. This doesn’t mean that the results aren’t genuine, but one would be more confident if such a study were financed by an independent body.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467982/Tens-thousands-die-scared-statins.html

An ecological study

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/10/earth-faces-sixth-mass-extinction/465655001/

FAD SCIENCE:

Is the “good health” industry distorting science to create a “band-wagon” effect?

A study by Harvard University has found no correlation between gluten and coronary heart disease.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/05/02/gluten-free-diet-should-not-eaten-people-not-coeliac-say-scientists/

Put it ON your body, not IN your body!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/16/coconut-oil-isnt-healthy-its-never-been-healthy/402719001

The way to good health is glutton free! – and TRANS fat!

Lose weight and look fit – but don’t overdo it!

http://www.world-heart-federation.org/cardiovascular-health/cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors/obesity/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions-high-blood-cholesterol-in-depth-trans-fat/ART-20046114

http://thehill.com/regulation/healthcare/245093-fda-to-phase-out-trans-fat

SPECULATION:

https://www.rt.com/news/388245-big-bang-bounce-hawking-letter/

SCIENCE MARCHES:

https://www.marchforscience.com/mission-and-vision/

“As YOU have told us, science is critical to our future – science protects our water and air, extends our lives and improves our health, protects our planet, and brings our imagination to life.”

https://www.marchforscience.com/why-we-march/

Science has also given us the labour saving technologies that we have become used to – many of which wouldn’t have been possible in a repressive society. It was only by living in a free and democratic society that those inquiring minds were able to do experiments and publish and develop their ideas.

FLAWED LOGIC:

October 19, 2016

Extra-terrestrial life.

Brian Cox believes that we haven’t contacted E.T. yet because their technological development was so rapid and powerful that there wasn’t enough time for their society to deal with it and it destroyed them. He reckons we may be going the same way.
This may very well apply to human beings on the planet Earth but it is “putting the cart before the horse” when talking about extra-terrestrials. It is often stated in the scientific press or on TV that “because of the age and size of the universe there is BOUND to be a civilisation much more advanced than our own.” This assumes that there ARE other life forms out there. This is flawed logic; you can’t come to a statistical conclusion from a sample of one! It’s like saying there is one Mona Lisa so there must be millions! It is just as likely that we are the only life forms to have ever existed in the universe. Interestingly enough Enrico Fermi, a renowned physicist, was one of the first people to consider this “problem”. I thought these people were intelligent and logical! Maybe they weren’t people at all – but aliens!

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/719863/Brian-Cox-aliens-DEAD-wonders-of-the-universe

FURTHER CASES:

STONEHENGE.

“In 2008 British archaeologists Tim Darvill and Geoffrey Wainwright suggested—on the basis of the Amesbury Archer, an Early Bronze Age skeleton with a knee injury, excavated 3 miles (5 km) from Stonehenge—that Stonehenge was used in prehistory as a place of healing. However, analysis of human remains from around and within the monument shows no difference from other parts of Britain in terms of the population’s health.”

“Stonehenge.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011.

FIRST SETTLERS IN IRELAND.

“The human occupation of Ireland did not begin until a late stage in the prehistory of Europe. It generally was held that the first arrivals to Ireland were Mesolithic hunter-fisher people, represented largely by flintwork found mainly in ancient beaches in the historic counties of Antrim, Down, Louth, and Dublin. These artifacts were named Larnian, after Larne, Northern Ireland, the site where they were first found; dates from 6000 BC onward were assigned to them. Archaeological work since World War II, however, casts considerable doubt on the antiquity and affinities of the people who were responsible for the Larnian industry; association with Neolithic remains suggests that they should be considered not as a Mesolithic people but rather as groups contemporary with the Neolithic farmers. The Larnian could then be interpreted as a specialized aspect of contemporary Neolithic culture. Lake and riverside finds, especially along the River Bann, show a comparable tradition. A single carbon-14 date of 5725 ± 110 BC from Toome Bay, north of Lough Neagh, for woodworking and flint has been cited in support of a Mesolithic phase in Ireland, but such a single date cannot be considered reliable.”

“Ireland.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011.