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If you've just arrived, and want to determine as quickly as possible whether this blog is worth your valuable procrastination time, here are the pieces that I think are most likely to convince you.


The closest I've come to saying what this blog is about.


The dream of academia

Failing to cause trouble

On being too scared to argue with stupid people:

And why I don't want to waste my time arguing about...
Religion and Climate Change

But I will anyway, in an intellectual roller-coaster of posts that will send you whooping and screaming through the importance of scepticism, the power of scientific predictions, and the nature of expertise. And Clive James.
1. The E.M. Forster of climate change
2. On Clive James
3. Postcard from delusion
4. Fantastically irresponsible
5. The Hannam Effect
6. Climategate: the vindication of science
7. My expert prediction
8. Free thinkers, blind sheep, and bloodletting

Unfortunately, having started idealistically with an invocation of E.M. Forster, I end up with a nightmare straight out of Kafka:
Nightmare scenario

Almost actually about science

Some light history of black holes

Three pieces in aid of telling just one story, about Einstein being wrong.
1. Explanations
2. Houdini Hannam's Grand Gravity Illusion
3. Einstein

Einstein reappeared for the 100th anniversary of the general theory of relativity in 2015.
In January I was dubious, but by March I gave in to the temptation to try to explain curved spacetime, and by the true centenary in November I was thoroughly overcome with emotion.

In the cause of science

1. A watertight case to fund pure research
2. What's wrong with science seminars, and
3. How to fix them


The Theory of Everything.
The Martian.

Doctor Who. (And links therein.)

My biggest discovery of 2015: The films of Errol Morris, and his obsession with Truth.

Plus my own Adventures in Science Fiction.

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