Alex B. Berezow

Alex B. Berezow is the editor of RealClearScience. 

Science Could Solve the Torture Debate

 

Does torture work? Can we get reliable, actionable intelligence by torturing people? That ugly debate has raised its head again after the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are claiming that waterboarding provided vital information that led to his whereabouts and ultimate demise. But are these claims accurate? With the information available currently, there is […]

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Extremists Dominate Public Science Debates

 

One thing that both sides of the political spectrum seem to agree on is the notion that political discourse in this country has become increasingly shrill, hyperbolic, and dominated by two extremes.  However, although nearly everyone seems to agree on this point, it has yet to reap any tangible benefits.  An examination of public scientific […]

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Opposition to GM Organisms Hard to Justify

 

The USDA on Thursday decided not to restrict the planting of genetically modified alfalfa.  This is a good decision backed by solid science. In fact, all genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are backed by solid science.  Opposition to GMO’s is becoming increasingly difficult to justify.  Consider the following: GM wheat has been developed that is drought-resistant.  […]

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Merry Christmas, Richard Dawkins

 

New Yorkers and New Jerseyans were recently greeted by a festive Christmas billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel, which read: “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.” What might “celebrating reason” look like? Sitting around the dining room table, looking into your children’s curious eyes, and regaling them with the nihilism of Friedrich Nietzsche? […]

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Environmentalists Block Scientific Progress

 

The biggest barriers to scientific progress often come from environmentalists, which is ironic, because they often claim to carry the banner of good science. On Thursday, Mr. Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report which cautiously approved research focused on creating so-called “synthetic life.” (The “synthetic” bacterium– known as Mycoplasma […]

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Are Organic and Green Products a Scam?

 

Maybe “scam” is a strong word, but “hyped” probably isn’t.  More and more scientific research is showing that organic and green products don’t live up to expectations– or even to the label, for that matter. This post by Melinda Moyer describes how so-called “green” household cleaners aren’t any less toxic than regular household cleaners.  In […]

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Bjorn Lomborg’s ‘Cool It’ is a Breath of Fresh Air

 

The global warming debate is dominated by two extremes. Those on the Left insist climate change mandates a dubious cap-and-trade policy, while those on the Right insist climate science is a fraud or a United Nations-sponsored conspiracy. Put simply, the Left rejects practicality, and the Right rejects reality. Bjorn Lomborg’s movie attempts to spark a […]

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Stephen Hawking Should Stick to Physics

 

Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man. He is admired by scientists all over the globe, myself included. In a nutshell, his research has revolutionized astrophysics, and his popularization of science has earned him a celebrity status not achieved by any scientist since Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, Dr. Hawking is at it again. And by “it,” I […]

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Toomey Wins PA Seat

 

Fox News just declared Toomey the winner in PA.  Kirk has pulled ahead in IL, and I expect to hear an announcement there by the end of the night. Alex Berezow Editor, RealClearScience

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Income Tax Defeated in WA State

 

WA State might be liberal, but it definitely doesn’t like to pay taxes.  I-1098, which instituted a new income tax, has been declared defeated, 69-31 (as of now), by the Seattle Times. Alex Berezow Editor, RealClearScience

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