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Certainty

A couple of days ago I was referring to my copy of Smoking: The Cancer Controversy by Sir Ronald Fisher, published in 1959. The book opens with a letter he had written in 1957, which begins: Your annotation on “Dangers … Continue reading

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Lots of perceptive comments in response to yesterday’s proposed Esthwaite Experiment to determine the curvature (or lack of it) of the surface of the the Earth. I think that the experiment is good in principle, but needs some more careful … Continue reading

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Lone Gunmen

There seem to be, very broadly, three accounts of the Las Vegas shooting emerging. In the first one, favoured by the mainstream media, it was all the work of a lone gunman, Stephen Paddock. In the second one, favoured by … Continue reading

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One Way To Count Las Vegas Gunmen

Continuing with Las Vegas, there is – in principle at least – one way to determine whether there were multiple gunmen involved. It is that much of the shooting consists of prolonged bursts of gunfire. And each of these bursts … Continue reading

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Redefining the meaning of “Epidemic”

One of the odd characteristics of our times seems to be that, rather like in Alice In Wonderland, words increasingly mean whatever people want them to mean. So now “gay” means “homosexual”, and “liberal” means more or less the opposite … Continue reading

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Celebrity Smokers Will Be Targeted

Hat tip to Vlad for this Daily Mail article: Picking up another habit, Jeremy? Clarkson, 57, is demolishing ten packets of nicotine chewing gum per DAY as he battles to quit his 43-year smoking addiction. The TV presenter announced he … Continue reading

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Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4

There’s an interesting astronomical event coming up on 12 October 2017: the close approach of asteroid 2012 TC4. What’s interesting about it is that astronomers don’t really know how close it’s going to come to the Earth. And this is … Continue reading

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