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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-03-30 03:05
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[info]calendula_witch Announces her first novel sale — Go congratulate her.

StarShipSofa Online Writers Workshop — This is tomorrow. There's still a few slots open.

Flash Fiction Contest Special Judges and Extended Deadline[info]kenscholes and I are celebrity judges for the Write to Publish flash fiction contest at the end of April.

Spectacular brain images reveal surprisingly simple structure — For some reason this makes me think of Inception.

Types of Extremists — Heh.

When Medicine Was Cheap

Court upholds time limit for clergy abuse claims — So apparently the Catholic Church's cynical strategy of covering up crimes, tampering with evidence and intimidating victims and witnesses, led for years by the man who is now Pope, is paying off. Please explain to me once more why so many religious people think atheists are immoral?

Study: Conservatives' Trust In Science At Record Low — When you explicitly privilege counterfactual claims and reality denial, this is what you get. Idiots. Who vote.

?otd: How high can you fly without a plane?




3/30/2012
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1.75 hours on Sunspin, 0.25 hours of WRPA)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-03-30 13:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
> When you explicitly privilege counterfactual claims and reality
> denial, this is what you get.

Do you mean counterfactual claims like that of the scientist explaining the drop in conservative confidence in science that began in 1974 by saying:

> It kind of began with the loss of Barry Goldwater and the
> construction of Fox News and all these [conservative] think tanks.

If the launch of Fox News in 1996 was one of the things that began the loss of confidence twenty-two years earlier, they must have been broadcasting with tachyons.

That said, from what I can tell, the results of the study seem plausible. But when you have scientists showing off their liberal political biases (and unless you're going to accept the reality of Fox News traveling through time, you can't claim this particular instance of liberal bias is reality-based), is it really a surprise that conservatives have lost confidence in science?
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ericjamesstone
User: ericjamesstone
Date: 2012-03-30 17:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, and it turns out that if you look at the actual question that was asked in the survey (found on page 26 of this document), it was:

“I am going to name some institutions
in this country. As far as the people running
these institutions are concerned, would
you say you have a great deal of confidence,
only some confidence, or hardly any confidence
at all in them?”

And the institution was "Scientific community."

So, based on survey answers that showed conservatives losing confidence in the people running the scientific community, the scientist in charge tells the media that conservative's trust in science itself has declined.

I trust science. I no longer trust scientists in general to present the science without spinning it for a liberal agenda.
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-03-30 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love that first brain image - it makes the brain look like it has a mohawk!
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