Fare Thee Well, Polio! Victory is India’s! …and other news.

This last week, there were a couple of news items relating to events on the Indian subcontinent, the first being that India may be designated polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the efforts of anti-vaccinationists to the contrary. This is fantastic news, and has huge implications for ridding the planet of this awful disease, at least in preventing future outbreaks.

The other bit of news is, I think, both rather humorous and ominous, a governmental permission to Indian homeopaths to prescribe conventional medicines after a one-year course in pharmacology. The humorous part is that homeopaths lament the adulteration of their ‘science’ by allopathic methods. Please. Homeopathy isn’t science, not when it rejects the findings of physics, chemistry, and the very process of science in both its theory and practice.

The ominous part, of course is the danger of practitioners with little real medical training prescribing medicines that while effective per se, may be incorrectly prescribed without the deeper medical knowledge of real health-care professionals. It’s also bad, because it seems just another step to legitimizing all sorts of other medical chicanery, not unlike licensing wizards to cast charms and protect clients from the Dark Arts — after only a one-semester study course at Hogwarts ;-)

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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup for October 19, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 6.

Neil deGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 6. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week has been awesome, study-wise… I’ve finished one of my academic skills study modules, and am currently working on another, getting some good practice on using the material with the textbook samples I’m using…

There’s been a bit going on for blogging too… I’ve just last week started up my new WordPress site at http://iamthemirus.wordpress.com/ though I plan on mostly posting articles and videos on the site – rather less frequently than I post here.

On Barrel Of Oranges, there’s a guest post by my friend Martin Pribble – Expanding on the Definition of Humanism

The remainder of this week is going to be busy for me, so this post will be a bit more minimalist than usual.

From this week…

The Value of Critical Thinking & Uncertainty

The Origin of Light

Fractals of the Midweek: A Tail (sic) of 3 Apps

Neil deGrasse Tyson – A Quote

Mr. Deity: Creationism Is So Appropriate For Children

Paul Wallace and “The Real Problem With Atheism”

Cat Thursday: Dr Who

Five Planets Discovered in a Ridiculously Tight Orbit

New Evidence of the Moon’s Really Weird Birth

The Allegedly Immortal 18th Century Version of L. Ron. Hubbard

Electromagnetic Sensitivity: Can’t escape it, but here’s the science

Cult Mass Suicide Averted in Brazil

A Ridiculous Excuse for Not Getting Vaccinated…

Proposition 37: Textbook use of Junk Science to Fool the Public

Proponent of Supersolid Helium Joins Skeptics

via Left Hemispheres

Thus far this week, there are…

  • 1877 entries posted, including this one,
  • 115,057 steely gazes cast on this site by my wily readers,
  • 1580 comments approved,
  • 178 WordPress & email subscribers, (thanks, all of you for clicking on this site!)
  • and 1783 Tweeps on Twitter.

Troythulu’s Weekly Gnuz and Lynx Roundup for August 25, 2012

G’day. This has been a busy week, with two appointments, one with a representative of my health service provider and my annual physical exam, both of which went off without a hitch. We recently got our new cat, Rocky, a big, fluffeh Maine Coon who seems to be really good at pacifying Mr. Eccles and keeping his evil kittenish tricks at bay. We really can’t call Eccles much of a kitten, though, since he just reached his first full year of age, and seems to be getting rather large. A hefty beast, as it were.

This week was also a busy one for blogging, with my second guest post, Once Again from the Land of Fractals, on my friend Kate’s blog, and this morning’s fractal post on my Blogger site, the Collect Call of Troythulu

For Monday, on this site, was posted Human Curiosity: It’s crucial to our survival, and a fiction piece about a kaiju on a moon of Jupiter I call On Europa

For Wednesday, the most recent Fractals of the Midweek were published, a couple of MB3 images I did using newly recovered and updated parameter sets.

You know, the more I learn the ins and outs of the software, it doesn’t detract from the aesthetics of these images at all, only adding to it. The more I know what I’m doing, the more satisfying, and better the results. Worship of mystery and an eye for good results only gets you so far. Knowing what you’re doing and how it works gets you much, much further.

For Thursday, there was a new How to Argue post, also an assignment I did for my critical reasoning course I’m taking, which I found rather fun, taking a big hairy-looking argument and setting it up in formal symbolic notation that’s easier to evaluate. There was also a talk given by Tim Farley at TAM 2012, with tips and resource options for online skeptical activism, and on Friday, a talk given by Dr. Pamela Gay at TAM 2012.

This Caturday, there were the Fractals of the Week, and this week’s Astronomy Pix

Over at the six-pack blog of my SacTown homie Kriss, there was A Super-Quick Biology Post & Music & the GOP

On Left Hemispheres, Episode 01 of the Left Hemispheres podcast… Check it out!

Over at Astronasty, a bit on the newly developed hoverbike, strongly evocative of the ones used in Return of the Jedi by the imperial scouttroopers…

Also, The Drake Equation goes Interactive,

Todd Akin and the Anti-Science House Science Committee,

It’s not an alien creature, it’s an unfortunate ant-eater

The Truth About Alternative Medicine — TAM 2012