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God Help the Speeder

 

Almost every new car I test drive — even the humblest hybrid — has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH. And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever do. It would […]

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Trump Fired Science This Week

 

Somewhere in the wilds of Utah, there’s a scientist making thermal infrared images of rivers, and turning them into exhibits for a museum. Your tax dollars are involved, of course, but trust that somebody’s awareness is being raised. Some of her colleagues at a science thing called iUTAH have more empirical pursuits. They recently did […]

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Scientism’s Skeptics

 

“Science as a Delphic oracle exists only in the popular imagination and the silent assumptions of certain scientists. At any given time there are only searchers who agree or disagree.” – Jacques Barzun Scientism is the quasi-religious devotion to the idea, but not the content, of science. Like all things ersatz, it is meant for […]

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‘Science’ Know-It-Alls on the March

 

The multiple thousands who marched throughout America and the world last weekend hoped to whip up support for “Science.” Well. I’m sold. And what next? Do more than a handful doubt the indispensability of Science to the human condition? Science’s God-given nature may in these secularizing times meet with less affirmation than in the old […]

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Bill Nye the Queer Guy

 

There are a million reasons Donald Trump won, but surely, displays like this contribute to the American resistance to the absurd and insane: I know it’s a cliche now but my god, this is why Trump won. pic.twitter.com/xT8co3YZu1 — Jason C. (@CounterMoonbat) April 24, 2017 There’s another tweet going around about the Antifa (Anti-Fascist Fascists […]

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Airbnb May Finally Win Its Long Battle Against Nashville

 

Places like Nashville, Tennessee, should love short-term rental platforms like Airbnb or HomeAway. For one, the city has a booming tourism industry but remains short of enough hotels to meet surging demand. This is why Nashville’s downtown has the highest average nightly hotel rate in the United States — ahead of cities like San Francisco […]

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Confessions of a Climate Change ‘Denier’

 

A few days ago I had a conversation with a very smart university professor of history and somehow the climate change subject came up. Almost instantly he responded to my thoughts by saying: “You must be one of those deniers who rejects the science consensus.” This is the new form of intellectual bullying and it’s […]

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The Nothing They Contribute

 

When weather slows the northeastern seaboard to a halt and writers and editors and politicians and activists and lobbyists cannot find time for their computers because their hands are too busy with a snow shovel, it’s pleasant to contemplate life without the endless rabble rabbling. It is blessed peace. How wonderful it is to venture into […]

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Change in Our Time

 

From Heraclitus to the present, historians and philosophers addressed the issue of change. Is change built into the nature of society or is it a mirage that reflects a different side of sameness? It would appear that there are years in the so-called modern age that suggest a departure from the past: 1789 and The […]

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About the Transgendered Wrestler Competing Against Girls

 

A Texas girl enhanced with the hormones that build muscle mass, strength, and quickness won her state’s wrestling title, and people cheered. Some booed. Some girls forfeited, rather than wrestle in an unfair match, because testosterone and other steroids give an unfair advantage to athletes — which is why they’re banned in all sports. They’re […]

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