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How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves…..
Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted…..
600 police stations are axed: Crime soars as some forces close half their sites under Tory austerity…..
The Who – Baba O’Riley (Charlton ’74)…..
Goodbye Hugh Fitzcairn…..
Roger Glover – Made in Wales…..
Intellectual charlatanry: TED doesn’t know how to distinguish between good science and bad science…..
Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult.
How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves
Brazil’s oldest and most important historical and scientific museum has been consumed by fire, and much of its archive of 20m items is believed to have been destroyed.
The fire at Rio de Janeiro’s 200-year-old National Museum began after it closed to the public on Sunday and raged into the night. There were no reports of injuries, but the loss to Brazilian science, history and culture was incalculable, two of its vice-directors said.
…Luiz Duarte, another vice-director, told TV Globo: “It is an unbearable catastrophe. It is 200 years of this country’s heritage. It is 200 years of memory. It is 200 years of science. It is 200 years of culture, of education.” TV Globo also reported that some firefighters did not have enough water to battle the blaze.
Brazil museum fire: ‘incalculable’ loss as 200-year-old Rio institution gutted
The Police Federation, which represents 100,000 officers said the mass closures have removed a “visible reassurance” for the public
600 police stations are axed: Crime soars as some forces close half their sites under Tory austerity
Roger Daltrey was brilliant in the Highlander series on TV too:
If you’re quick you can watch a lot of the episodes on YT now.
Songwriter and Deep Purple bassist, Roger Glover’s bio:
I don’t think I knew about this Lockerbie close-call :
On the Mad in America website I came across “TED betrays its own brand by flagging nutrition talk”. After following a number of links, I was led to the guidelines that the TED organization prescribes for talks eligible to be described as “TEDx” (“TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED’s format and rules.”).
Sadly, TED’s guidelines for what constitutes good science reveal abysmal ignorance:
Claims made using scientific language should:
Be testable experimentally.
That would exclude all the science that relies only on observation because experimenting is not possible: astronomy, cosmology, geology, parts of biology, almost everything to do with human beings…. String theory, which presently dominates theoretical physics, is not testable experimentally, nor is cosmology’s consensus that “the universe” originated in a Big Bang about 13 billion years ago. And so on, The theory of evolution by natural selection is not testable experimentally.
Much of what is nowadays regarded as “accepted science” or “settled science consists just of reasonably solid observations supporting more or less plausible inductive explanations.
Intellectual charlatanry: TED doesn’t know how to distinguish between good science and bad science