Jason G Norman

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Spot the Flaw in a Politician's Argument With This Guide to Logical Fallacies

Humans are biased. We remember things that confirm our beliefs more than things that don’t. And every day, we’re presented with new information and …

Don’t Go Hollow: How 'Dark Souls' Is Defeating Depression

Why is a game about despair so uplifting?<p>Depression is horrifying.<p>For many, it feels like nothing, as if some unseen force has stripped away the sufferer's ability to feel. There is no joy or sadness, no pain or pleasure, just nothing. It feels as if you're going hollow.<p><i>Dark Souls</i> fans know what …

Trump's First Month Has Been Anything But a 'Fine-Tuned Machine'

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter</i><p>The last 24 hours perfectly summed up President Trump’s first month in office. In a 77-minute news conference Thursday to voice a series of grievances, …

Five #AlternativeFacts of toxic Christianity

January 24, 2017 by Morgan Guyton<p>While government officials have always distorted truth, the Trump Administration is the first to openly normalize …

Alternative Facts

I Watched Neil deGrasse Tyson Take On a Science Skeptic

Last week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press event to announce the …

A top anthropologist says the US is flooded with 'bulls---' jobs that should disappear

"Huge swaths of our economy are completely unnecessary," Graeber, an anthropologist and professor at the London School of Economics, said in a 2015 interview with London Real, which was recently spotted by Natalie Shoemaker at Big Think.<p>Graeber was referring to the many telemarketers, middle …

Economics

Hey libertarians: Do you want more freedom and less government? You can’t have both

<b>(AP)</b><p>Government is the only organization that can enforce freedom.<p>Jeremy Sherman<p>December 1, 2016 10:01am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>I'm glad to pay my tax dollars for government services that enable me to be left alone to live the life I want without other people spoiling my …

Surveillance

When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple

When you are raised to be a good Christian girl, you don’t just go to church; you date the church. Church is the significant other with whom you spend weekends and evenings, the boyfriend whose friends become your friends, the girlfriend with whom you share all your dreams.<p>I was a really good …

Finish him! AI can now play Mortal Kombat better than you

Games provide an ideal training platform for artificial intelligence. Systems developed by Google have been able to master 49 Atari games, solved</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Out among the stars: Defeating the legacy of religious indoctrination

An ACE escapee finds his place in the universe after years of indoctrination. Contains references to corporal punishment.

Faith

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Medicine

The Smartest Decision Makers Know How to Do This

Do you question assumptions or simply accept them? Are your own beliefs cast in stone? What about commonly held beliefs? Do you accept them at face …

The creationist’s nightmare: evolution in action

Over at the <i>Atlantic</i>, Ed Yong shows and describes some stunning videos of “evolution in action”: in this case bacteria evolving resistance to …

The Quantum Eraser

Richard Feynmann noted more than once that complementarity is the central mystery that lies at the heart of quantum theory. Complementarity rules the …

Are There More Boys or Girls In The World?

While there are more men than women from a global perspective, when you look at different demographics and geographic locations, the balance is often …

9/11 conspiracy gets support from physicists’ study

WASHINGTON – For 15 years, there’s been a small band of investigators who have questioned the idea that the Twin Towers in New York City collapsed …

The Supreme Court's awful Hobby Lobby decision just spawned a very ugly stepchild

"The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield."<p>That's how Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg concluded her dissent to the 2014 Hobby Lobby decision. That's the case in which the court ruled that businesses have a right to their own religious beliefs, and could use them to flout otherwise …

Ask Ethan: How can we see so far away in such a young Universe?

46 billion light years in all directions in just 13.8 billion years? Here’s how it’s done!<p><i>“They say the universe is expanding. That should help with</i> …

Ask Ethan: How Small Can A Piece Of The Universe Be And Still Expand?

The expansion of the Universe has a long and amazing history. When Hubble first noticed the relationship between a galaxy’s distance from us and how redshifted its light was, he knew immediately it was a consequence of Einstein’s General Relativity. When Hubble announced his discovery, Einstein …

Dear Science answers your questions about evolution

A few weeks ago, Dear Science featured news that some of you found alarming:<p>You are an ape.<p>That column addressed some common misconceptions about how humans emerged in response to a question about evolution: "Why aren’t apes evolving into humans?"<p>There's a simple answer: Humans did not evolve from …

Biology

5 Thought Experiments That Will Melt Your Brain

<i>Some science is too big, dangerous, or weird to happen in a lab.</i><p>By Evan Dashevsky<p>Albert Einstein famously made use of “thought experiments” (i.e. …

How to Answer Your Child's Big Questions

Several years ago, my son asked me what religion we were and I blurted out, "We're nothing." I'd long ago left the Christianity I grew up in and my husband had left his Jewish faith. We weren't religious anymore, but what were we? I knew instantly that I needed a better answer for my son, my …

“A uniquely American tragedy“: The staggering myths about gun control

<b>(Reuters/Brian Blanco)</b><p>The gun lobby’s disproportionate political power will never be overcome until these fallacies are destroyed<p>Dennis A. Henigan<p>July 2, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p><b>A tortured mythology</b><p>The issue of guns in America causes people in other parts of the developed world to look at our country and …

Guns

Has Physics Gotten Something Really Important Really Wrong?

Sometimes the most important step one can take in science is back.<p>When the path towards progress in a field becomes muddied, the best response may be to step away from all the technical specifics that make up day-to-day practice and begin pulling up the floorboards. In other words, rather than …

Physics

Is Infinity Real?

Three puzzles test whether the concept of infinity has purchase in the physical world.<p>Euclidean geometry has a way of turning mathematically inclined …

Mathematics

Answering Prager’s Two Questions for Atheists

Answering Prager’s Two Questions for Atheists<p>June 10, 2016 by Ed Brayton<p>Dennis Prager, who brags that he has debate many famous atheists, has an …