Category Archives: rationality

What your astrological sign tells about you

Nothing, except your gullibility if you believe in astrology. I have taught introductory astronomy at the college level for decades, and I know that there is a pervasive misunderstanding that connects astrology with astronomy. But let’s get this straight. Astronomy … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Farce

Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday morning at 2 am for most of the US and Canada. As I have written several times before, this is an ill considered and costly practice that does more harm than good. Usually sold … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Eclipse Hype

Considering the absurd level of hype and some of the more ridiculous exaggerations and crackpot  claims of mystical silliness, I am sorry to say that I will be glad when the whole thing is over. Eclipses are amazing and beautiful. … Continue reading

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Earth’s Forests are “Diminished Imitations” of “Real” Trees

I want to be optimistic about humanity — I really do. But it seems like every morning I wake up to a new low in the annals of human stupidity. Let me make up an example. This may be believed … Continue reading

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Lies, extortions and threats

Lies, extortions and threats. How long must America endure such blatant and un-American activities from the White House and Congress? What can we do? I’m not sure what it will take. Some folks think I should just chill. See what … Continue reading

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Do Flat Earth Believers Have a Mental Flaw?

The funny — and very annoying — thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are willing to believe in an intricate and complicated fabrication far more complicated, and far less supported by any reasonable evidence, than is provided by standard … Continue reading

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Finland, the country that doesn’t exist

To a certain extent I can understand how rumors get started and how certain conspiracy myths spread. In some cases they start with a modicum of reality and stretch it into shapes that overly distrustful folks and/or those with overly … Continue reading

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