Australo-Scando sapien Ascending

Hello all,
I’m moving over to twitter @skeptswedscient, which I now find more flexible & efficient for up to the minute posting of skeptical, critical & optimistic thinking about science.
However, I’ll keep this blog as a reference …
… and maybe come back … if Twitter crashes ūüôā
See you there!
Skeptical Australo-Swedish Scientist Brady

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Pleasant Travelling

The Rosetta space probe is now on the surface of Comet 67P, travelling on out past Jupiter’s orbit, with it’s Philae lander. See you both back on Earth, in a future museum ūüôā

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Free Space

Deep Space and Deep Time: habitable both?¬†Proxima b, the closest Earth-like exoplanet discovered around our nearest star & in its habitable zone: WOW!¬†Early 3.7 billion y.o. life? Old stromatolites or just squashed mud? And, Astrid the Astronaut “walks” on Mars, next to the Curiosity Rover, giving human perspectives to the wide open spaces & freedom awaiting us (thanks Sean!). Pleasurable ponderings¬†smile.gif
Proxima Centauri Proxima b - closest Earth-like exoplanet discoveredEarliest Life - 3.7 billion year old stromatolites ... or not
Down to Earth & back to the present: Bees are doing fine, in at least 6 different ways. No Media fear “facts” here. And if the Great Auk can be de-extincted in 20-30 years, then huge realms of genetic species-space await. Great!
bees-ok great-auk-2 great-auk-1

Posted in Astronomy, Coral

Anglosphere Ascending

Dark Energy acoustic ripples confirm Universe acceleration: new Biggest & Best 3D galaxy map. Juno spacecraft with Jupiter Orbit Insertion completed: 250 000 kmph/4200km above/48min burn WOW!
Dark Energy 2 Juno arrives - Jupiter Orbital Insertion 6 - 5 July 2016
Fantastic video of Mars Curiosity rover (& Humans) exploring a planet, driving up Mt Sharp, in our local Universe. Asteroid (18587) 1997 YR5 passing in front of the Milky Way while searching for Kuiper Belt objects for New Horizons.
Naukluft Plateau descent by the Mars Rover Curiosity 2  Asteroid crossing star field
Into the atomic realm, particle physicists are now digging themselves up out-of-the-mud by questioning unverified supersymmetric partners for the Standard Model. Particle Physics hits-the-wall: No new particles means The Standard Model is not “natural”.
Standard Model Particles
Closer to the human realm: Species extinction or Local loss? Human global warming or Natural storm surges? Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Why do some favour extinction?
Species Extrinction or Not - Bramble Cay rat
Do our science mistakes start with politicized school science teaching? One way out could be to stress in classes: Science ‚Ȇ The Consensus/Pal Review; Free Speech ‚Ȇ Not Offending; Democracy ‚Ȇ Voting ‚ÄúRight‚ÄĚ.
Teaching is not Politics
To drag ourselves out of the Political Correctness now miring The West, we can stress:¬†The Scientific Method uses empirical tools & reason to find objective truths about reality. No other “Ways of Knowing” are better.
Scientific Method and Ways of Knowing
Next is teaching school students how to engage in civilized conversations and debates. We humans still (after 2500 years) find it hard to get past even the first step. Lets keep trying!
Civilized Conversations
The days of Political Correctness silencing Science seem now to be numbered. Anglosphere values, until recently derided, are rising around the civilised world again. Nations’ growing support for Representative Parliamentary Democracy, the rule of Common Law & Individual Liberty is leading to more criticism of politicised popular pseudoscience. The fight for free speech in US & UK universities grows. Fear & gloom predictions are failing. An evidence-based amazing, ¬†fantastic world, Universe & future waits. Good!¬†:-)
Anglosphere values versus PC values 3
Anglophone ascending: I’ve just climbed up active 500 000 year old 5 peaked lushly covered stratovolcano Mount Nasudake¬†in¬†northern Japan. Andesitic 16 000 year old Nasu peak Chausudake still steams with sulfuric fumeroles from the last 1963 eruption¬†& its recent 1993 earthquakes spike. WOW! What an inspiring ascent.
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So, you reading these words in this language, are heirs to a sublime tradition. A tradition that gave us liberty, property & democracy, and that raised our species to a pinnacle of wealth & happiness hitherto unimaginable. Act worthy of yourselves.”
Aspiring Anglospheric Brady

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Exiting Exuberance

LIGO again captures 2 huge black holes (8+14=21) exiting the Universe, giving off 1 solar mass of  gravitational wave energy. Human plans on leaving for Mars gain momentum with the Moon-to-Moon-to-Mons (Deimos to Olympus Mons) stagecoaching exodus.
Black Holes Colliding  Black Holes Colliding with LIGO Mars 20 Dec 2015
Down on Earth, scientific method scientists are escaping The Consensus, relying on objective checking of facts rather than politically correct popular ideologies. Good!
Reef Wars: Govt-Green scientivist saviours vs scientific method scientists – more facts please!¬†Polar Bear “scientists” – promoting fear instead of facts? Blonde not Polar-Grizzly hybrid.
Reef Wars - Govt Green scientivist saviours vs scientific method scientistsPolar Bear Scientists - promoting fear instead of factsThe battle for university students to admit opposing viewpoints and critical thinking into their courses continues apace. Professors & parents push against SJWs (social justice warriors) for the education, not indoctrination, of their children.¬†Profs censured by Bias Response Team: “Don’t teach alternate viewpoints!”. Unbelievable!¬†Free Speech in Science – evidence (not offence) should be questioned.Muzzling Professors and teachers trying to give alternative viewpoints¬†Coddling the Mind¬†Free Speech in Science - Evidence not Offence should be questionedEven the scientific method “in practice” is escaping its traditional shackles of non-admittance of negative results:¬†Scientific Egos stop publishing of their Scientific Failures so blocking Scientific Progress.¬†Scientific Egos stop Scientific Failures from making Scientific ProgressBritish Brexit: “democracy in all its beauty and glory“. 7-to-1 UK scientists fearful & voted stay, worried about jobs & funding. But EU not needed for EU science funding & 97% of European R+D not financed by EU. Then the pound rebounds! Which EU country next?
Science Funding In Europe does not need EU  Science Funding - 97 percent takes place without EU
Brexit Boom Brexit leaving countries Science is Global
So, its time to exit exuberantly, sailing into the Swedish Summer, reading sedicious science books & imbibing the delights of Swedish midsummer strawberries & cream sponge cake.
midsummer-sailing-lake-ekoln-sweden Science Books DSC03455 Exuberantly Exiting Brady

Posted in Astronomy, CO2, Coral, Education, Extinction, Greens, Health, Oceans, Optimism, Political Climate, Temperature

Running Rampant

Discoveries abundant. Home to the most distant galaxy record at 13.2 ly, now the MACS huge galaxy cluster in Leo Parallel Fields awes with details of what is waiting out there for us. WOW! Closer to home, Mars Curiosity Rover looks longingly towards its destination on the upper slopes of Mt Sharp, the central peak in Gale Crater. Down on Earth, humans reach for the nearest star as 2 Interstellar Alpha Centauri space journeys are planned in the last 2 months. One funded for 2030s and one unfunded for 2069. The race is on!
MACS Galaxy Cluster in Leo MACS Galaxy Cluster Parallel Field
Mars Curiosity Rover looks longingly out to the upper slopes of Mt Sharp in the centre of Gale Crater
Interstellar Travel x 2Firmly on Earth, the reconquest campaign for the scientific method’s primary place in science continues. John Oliver’s brillant satire on “scientific studies say…”:¬†Media Scientific Studies ‚Ȇ Science (his only mistake: Science ‚Ȇ Consensus = Politics). Biologist Jerry Coyne lays bear the wish for purpose in genes: ¬†$11m grant to Lamarckian epigenetic anti-evolution “biologists” bears first fruit … NOT! Even comic strip artists are standing up for science:¬†Science skirts difficulties to see reality eg. gods, politicians, enviros, Media. Lawrence Krauss (cosmologist) again explains beautifully (at 30:00) how our Universe can spring from nothing – without space, time, matter, energy, quantum fields, laws or Gods.Scientific Studies in Media ‚Ȇ Science
Epigenetics - the new Lamarckian anti-evolution genetics
Inherent Difficulty in Science
Human “insides” (origins, progress, brain & mind) are being explored like scatter gun shells: ¬†Neanderthal 17 700 y.o. French Cave stalagmite circles: first deep-in-darkness constructions.¬†Human’s Progessing with Science & Innovation: from good to better to best.¬†Brain Word Map brings closer answers to: “How does our brain produce our Mind?”. And again –Brain decides for Mind: brain acts then conscious free will illusion rubber stamps choice. Even Life-Beginnings-Theory (proton pumps) by Nick Lane gets a billionaire Bill Gates¬†boost: just 2 life origins (archea & bacteria) in 4 billion years.
Neanderthal 176500 y.o. Stalagmite cirles deep in a French Cave Future Optimistic Brain Word Map brings closer answers to - How does the brain produce the mind Brain controls the Mind again
Life's beginnings theory by Nick Lane gets billionaire's boost by Bill Gates
So lets enjoy this running rampant science: cleaning up our lives, minds & Earth, and so leading to our starry futures. As Deirdre McCloskey says in her new book Bourgeois Equality – the best of “The Great Enrichment” is yet to come.
Bourgeois Equality  Brady Bathing - 1300 Sun 8 May 2016 glacial lake Ekoln, Sweden, fantastic planet Earth 2 Rampantly-Enriching-Science Lover Brady

Posted in Arctic, Astronomy, Books, Brain, Education, Health, Optimism, Technology

Seeing Sensibly

Hubble Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). 8000 ly away & 10 ly across. Big, blue  & beautiful. WOW! The Space Telescope extends our senses, so we see sights scarcely imaginable. The Bubble Nebula
Looking closer to home: Humans are daring mighty things, again, with Starshot solar sailing to the Alpha Centauri star system. SpaceX lands its rocket at sea Р8 April 2016 Рanother amazing human step into the future.
Starshot solar sailing to the Alpha Centauri star system - Humans daring mighty things SpaceX lands its rocket booster at sea
Back on Earth, how is science going? Science is still slowly getting beaten-back-into-shape.¬†Science Broken: Replication Crisis Widens -1st psychology/nutrition/medicine, next climate? Even “popular” energy resources are being questioned:¬†Solar Stocks Suddenly Subsiding = Risky Business? Is the future solar or shale?
Science Broken - Replication Crisis Widens Solar Stocks Suddenly Subsiding - Is the future solar or shale
How about what the humans are putting into their bodies? Well, worldwide nutrition advice is a-changing:¬†Nutrition Advice Failure Worldwide – 60yrs evidenceless high carb, low fat, sugar OK “fad”- an excellent historical perspective. Even movie stars’ “expert keep healthy” advice is under scrutiny. Good!
Nutrition Advice Failure Worldwide for 50 years    Health Advice from Movie Clebrities = Fraudulent Science
Even what’s being put into young human minds is being criticized: Concept Creep in “bullying/prejudice” at university begins in school where feelings = facts. ¬†Longtime coddling of children does not produce robust citizens:¬†Academic freedom = teachers challenge their students by seeking out opposing viewpoints.
Bullying, Trauma & Prejustice seen as concept creep in universities because in high schools feelings determine facts  Academic Freedom - scholars and teachers should encourage students to debate opposing viewpoint letting the marketplace of ideas sort them out
Finally (& a real “tipping-point”?), Greens are being castigated for their unsightly behaviour … by fellow Greens:¬†“Are Evironmentalists BAD for the Environment of Environmentalism?” questions HuffPost Green. The Green flip-flop mind changing on energy is harming the humans & the environment – says¬†Eco-Modernist “New-Green” author. One could wonder why we continually listen to them over all these years. Hmm …
Environmentalists bad for the environment Environmentalists keep changing thier minds on what is good for the environment
Seeing-more-Sense Brady

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