I was out for a bike ride today, and was on a 2-lane road with no shoulder and fairly high speed (45 mph). It’s not the kind of road that I like riding on, but it’s the only way for me to get from Point A to Point B. Then a yahoo in a pick-em-up […]

It has been suggested by a commenter that I am only qualified to comment on hybrid cars and gasoline prices. Being a cell biologist, I’m not quite certain that that is truly my area of expertise, but I am a hybrid owner (although my preferred means of transportation involves two wheels and two pedals), and […]

A week or so ago, there was an article form Newsweek about Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who is hawking a book claiming proof of heaven in his near death experience. Today, a similar story showed up on ABC news, as they are promoting an interview with him on Nightline. There are so many fallacies in […]

I just finished reading Free Will by Sam Harris. (quickest. read. ever.) In it, Harris makes the argument that free will is an illusion. Despite my best efforts, I can’t help but agree with him. Free will must be an illusion. Thinking about whether we have free will is a bit like thinking about time […]

The storming of embassies and tossing of Molotov Cocktails does far more to denigrate an entire religion than a ridiculous hack job film by a bunch of right wing zealots ever could. But the irony seems lost.

Paul Ryan claimed in an interview that he ran a marathon under 3 hours. Then he got called on it (by, among others, his own family). One does not run a 4:01:25 marathon and then remember having run it under 3 hours. I know my times in every significant race I’ve run, and the vast […]

I was a bit surprised to read this article on CNN about the supposed pluses and minuses of buying organic produce. I quote: Jen Matlack’s husband teases her about buying organic. It’s not worth the extra money, he says, but she insists. A new study promises to add fuel to their marital quarrel. Published Monday […]