Tag Archives: Popular Science

A Cosmic Computer?

In both popular and technical literature in subjects such as cosmology or theoretical physics, one can often find authors referring to the universe as a “computer”. I have found, however, that frequently non-specialists (including, sometimes, authors of popular literature) are … Continue reading

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The Cult of Statistical Significance: Reader Recommended in Research Review’s Review

I have occasionally reviewed research here (shocking, I know, given this blog’s title), but seldom recommended anybody actually buy any. All that is about to change in this edge-of-your-seat suspenseful thriller story of love, lost, and learning (without the first … Continue reading

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The best source to really understand the heart of quantum mechanics (and why I get to embed a video clip!)

The Recommended but can be skimmed Part: When it comes to the sciences (or academia, really) I think it’s fair to say that most people are mostly uninterested in most fields. Put more concretely, there aren’t a lot of people … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence or Mechanically Mindless?

Part I: What you see is what you get, but isn’t what you think There is an interesting exception to an already interesting exception about one of the largest domains of scientific research (what I’ll call “applied sciences”, made up … Continue reading

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Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where descriptions of “real science” end

My concern here is with the book pop. sci. book Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends…and Pseudoscience Begins by Wynn & Wiggins. However, this isn’t a review. I will deal mostly with the first chapter (“The … Continue reading

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National Enquirer? Nope- American Institute of Physics reporting

This just in: physicists finally understand a principle they’ve been using for over 80 years! Technically, the AIP isn’t really to blame for the various reformulations of its article’s title, but let’s start with my favorite one anyway: “Proving uncertainty: … Continue reading

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