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Richard Dawkins' Inconsistent Reliance On Pragmatism

A very popular video on YouTube featuring Richard Dawkins is titled ‘Science Works, Bitches.’ It periodically makes the rounds on social media; as it does, Dawkins acolytes–in the video and on social media–applaud him as he ‘smacks down’ a questioner who inquires into the ‘justification’ for the scientific method. 545 more words


Dalton's Atomic Legos

John Dalton… oh he was one crazy cat. A colorblind chemist quaker, what could be cooler than that? He’s most famous for his atomic theory, though he also studied colorblindness (pretty selfish really), the nature of gasses (don’t giggle, it’s rude), and he even recorded the daily weather for 57 years straight ( 973 more words


The Transit of Venus

On the 6th June 2012, at around 4am, I stood on top of a blustery Dorset hillside and waited for the sun to rise. You may wonder what would compel someone to get up at such a ridiculous hour; in this case, it was the chance to see something that would not be seen again until the year 2117 – the transit of Venus. 2,508 more words


The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (Book Review)

Although I had a hard time imagining ancient knowledge in distress, on a ledge, waiting for a saviour :), I wanted to love this book so, so badly. 552 more words

how to predict the weather

We’ve all noticed that freshwater leeches get unusually agitated before the weather changes, right? And yet it took Dr. George Merryweather to think of making a leech-based storm warning system in 1850. 900 more words


Sorry Caroline but you were not the first, Maria was

Today is the birthday of Caroline Herschel, important member of the Herschel astronomical clan and significant astronomer in her own right, who was born 16 March 1750. 277 more words

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