Are video games a waste of time? Not according to a real live professor. Once the word gets out, will they be as fun?
A trained scientist using these surveys to reach the conclusion that "cannabis consumption acts to increase later risk of schizophrenia" indicates bad faith.
Pop-science writing is a hard thing to do well, and books frequently fail because they're pitched just over the heads of the intended audience. If ever there was a writer sure to avoid that pitfall, Bill Bryson is the guy.
Bill Whittle's latest Essay, "MAGIC," deals with an important phenomenon. "Magical thinking is everywhere today, and it is growing.... If we are to continue to thrive and progress, then we need to sharpen some sticks and drive a stake through the heart of this monster, and right quick." Carl Sagan chimes in, and I've got some thoughts of my own coming.
It was 20 years ago today, May 9, 1983 that Pope John Paul II officially reversed the church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo, who had commited the high blasphemy of scientific inquiry.
It's beautiful poetry, and a nice view of the emerging idea of scientific empiricism. It's a wonder even simply to appreciate the scope of the author's ambition.