The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

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Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

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via Brain Pickings http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/

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Putting Fukushima In Perspective

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There was no background radioactive cesium before above-ground nuclear testing and nuclear accidents started. Wikipedia provides some details on the distribution of cesium-137 due to human activities: Small amounts of caesium-134 and caesium-137 were released into the environment during nearly all nuclear weapon tests and some nuclear accidents, most notably the Chernobyl disaster. *** Caesium-137…Read More

via The Big Picture http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/01/putting-fukushima-in-perspective/

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