June 15, 2007

Sickipedia - The Sick Jokes Encyclopedia

Sickipedia - The Sick Jokes Encyclopedia
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:38 PM

Gatwick advert lands in trouble

Passengers landing at Gatwick airport are being greeted by a giant naked pole dancer. The 9,000 sq m (100,000 sq ft) image is painted on grassland under the incoming flight path.
Gatwick advert lands in trouble-News-UK-TimesOnline
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:30 PM

June 14, 2007

Woman jailed for testicle attack

A woman who ripped off her ex-boyfriend's testicle with her bare hands has been sent to prison.
BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Woman jailed for testicle attack
(Posted with my legs firmly crossed.)
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:42 PM

June 12, 2007

Eugenics

Eugenics is the science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Eugenics can help eliminate genetic diseases, reduce personality disorders and increase intelligence via human biotechnology. Hitler gave eugenics a bad name, but the modern objectives are actually highly desirable. Time to reconsider.
  1. Human intelligence is largely hereditary (80% by adulthood).
  2. Civilization depends totally upon innate intelligence (without it, we'd still be animals). A small increase in mean intelligence leads to a large reduction in crime.
  3. The higher the level of civilization, the better off the population (how many Westerners seek asylym in Africa?).
  4. At the present time in the West, we are evolving to become less intelligent with each new generation (stupid people have more children).
  5. Unless we halt or reverse this trend, our civilization will invariably decline.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:00 PM

Liberals

A liberal advocates favouring individual liberty, free trade and moderate political and social reform. Liberal politics, therefore, makes the implicit assumption that people are essentially ‘good’. The problem, in practice, is that when policies based on that premise fail, liberals maintain that though people are at root ‘good’, they are not so currently, and must therefore have been somehow poisoned with the opposite politics that liberals despise, and from which it is essential that they must be liberated. This is the story of the twentieth century that led to Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot and, currently, political correctness and feminism. ‘Liberals’ come to distrust humanity, but hang on to their ‘ideals’ through narcissism. Although, with experience, most liberals become conservatives. Hence the often observed truism that if you are young and not of the Left you are heartless, but if you are old and not of the Right you are stupid.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:47 AM

The science of bottom burps

A scientist observing farts with a heat-sensitive camera, supposedly.
THANK GILLIGAN IT'S SAFE FOR WORK: A detailed analysis of...farts.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:35 AM

Toenail Necklace

A Trail Runner's Blog: Making Your Own Toenail Necklace
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:28 AM

Wet Cats

Animateca: Wet Cats
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:27 AM

June 1, 2007

Science in Practice

In practice, science is an institutional and social process, and consists largely of choosing strategies for the advancement of scientific careers. Academics are faced with the choice of two strategies:

low risk/low return
The safe strategy with a minor payoff involves presenting yourself as an adherent to the received view, contributing only refinements of technical detail. You may wish to exaggerate the similarities between your own view and that of the major players in your field in order to throw their mantle around your own shoulders.

high risk/high return
Present yourself as a radical revolutionary: a very dangerous strategy that promises great rewards. Exaggerate the differences with the received view to emphasize how original your contributions are.

The politically correct will shrewdly choose to combine both strategies. For example, they will simultaneously support Darwinism and radically criticise it. They claim that Darwin was right in the sense that creationists are wrong, yet Darwin was wrong in the sense that they don't allow for any significant human evolution. Stephen Jay Gould is perhaps the worst offender of all, and has done a great amount of damage to the educated public's understanding of evolution. Steve Jones is also guilty, allowing for evolution only to the extent that it doesn't contradict his political views. They seek great rewards with little risk; the only victim, of course, is science.

Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:33 PM