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The Scientific Scandal of Antismoking

I noticed that someone had posted this classic on Facebook. And thought I do the same. It’s always worth re-reading.   The Scientific Scandal of Antismoking By J. R. Johnstone, PhD (Monash) and P.D.Finch, Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Statistics (Monash) … Continue reading

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Ebb Tide

News item I caught yesterday: Nearly a million Brits a year have cancelled their BBC TV License for the past four years, with more than 3.5 million doing so since 2013. Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request by … Continue reading

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16: 16: 16: 16

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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The Esthwaite Experiment

An email this morning got me thinking about the Flat Earth problem again, and wondering what sort of experiment might conclusively demonstrate whether the world is flat or convex (or perhaps even concave). According to science, the Earth has a … Continue reading

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Perverse

Last night in the Smoky Drinky Bar, Joe L suggested that I back up my blog, and send it to him and Emily. I hadn’t done that before, so I straightaway went and did it, using the Export facility that … Continue reading

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EPA Purge

Via Audrey Silk: Eleven new members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board have a history of downplaying the health risks of secondhand smoke, air pollution and other hazards, including two who have spun science for tobacco companies, according … Continue reading

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A Reply To Seppi

Yesterday I noticed several interesting new links. The first, in a comment by Philip Neal, was to The Burch Curve. Philip Burch was, I believe, a statistician who disagreed with the cigarette hypothesis of lung cancer causation promoted by Doll … Continue reading

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