Category Archives: Odds and ends

American Sniper: A Contrarian View

By now, the story of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle is familiar. He holds the record for the most confirmed kills, he wrote a book which led to a movie, and he was killed on a shooting range by a PTSD ex-Marine. There is also the troubling business regarding comments he made about Jesse Ventura.

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Faith Versus Reason?

Now is as good a time as any to address the false dichotomy between “faith” and “reason.”

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Now On the Origin-of-Life Menu: An alternative to PRIMORDIAL SOUP

DNA has been shown to survive entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Continue reading

Important new research from Germany: High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful

This is an acceptable human experiment. Continue reading

Urban Hospitals & Health Insurance: Making It Work

Have you heard about the insurance company that provides free health coverage for the poor? Me neither. What about the hospital that provides free health care services to the poor? Of course, you say. Many of them do! Indeed, some of these hospitals even go bankrupt in the process.

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The Merry Old Land Of Oz

The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title.

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Some splaining to do

Some have complained, well why don’t you just stick to debunking bad science–that’s what does.

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