The Silly Science
In my home office I have a set of wooden salt and pepper shakers on top of the television next to my desk. This is my earthquake indicator. Whenever I sense that a tremor is occurring I look at my "earthquake indicator" to see if it is shaking.
Most of us in an earthquake prone area such as where I live develop a hypersensitivity to earthquake awareness. A truck passing on the street can sometimes make the house shake, but will not move my "earthquake indicator". When I do see it moving, I will immediately turn on the television and so far without fail my device has correctly identified the tremulous event as a legitimate earthquake. Sure it's silly, but so far it works for me.
Many of us probably use what might be appropriately termed old wives tales, folklore, or superstition in order to make predictions or identify events around us. Some will swear by astrology, feng shui, or other ancient practices, while others will label them as pseudoscience.
We see claims used in advertising and media campaigns that we may blindly accept as fact and yet never see data to back up what we've been told. When nine out of ten doctors recommend something, how many doctors were asked in the first place and how did they pick those doctors and were any of them our doctor?
Do you believe every poll you see cited in the media? Data can be skewed and results can faultily favor the side that may have instigated the polling in the first place. We are often besieged by silly science, pummeled with perfidious propaganda. What should we believe when the truth is often tenuous?
There are a few bloggers that I've run across in the Challenge who are writing about real science.
Holly Ruggiero is offering a comprehensive study of minerals and precious stones.
Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs has been presenting information about his specialty fields of knowledge related to quantum and astrophysics.
M. Pax at Wistful Nebulae has also taken to space for the Challenge, which fits the frequent sci-fi theme of this blog.
Golden Eagle at The Eagle's Aerial Perspective is obviously doing her research on various scientific subjects and passing it on to her readers. This immensely talented young lady has a great career ahead of her in science as well as writing science fiction.
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So what do you say?
Do you resort to any silly science? What scientific advances or topics do you keep up with the most?
Science fiction: nonsense, predictor of the future, or just a fun reading genre? How much of what you hear in the news do you trust? When's the last time you told a librarian "Thank You"?