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 🙂
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 🙂

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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

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Anglosphere Ascending

Dark Energy acoustic ripples confirm Universe acceleration: new Biggest & Best 3D galaxy mapJuno 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 ≠ The Consensus/Pal Review; Free Speech ≠ Not Offending; Democracy ≠ Voting “Right”.
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

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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 ≠ Science (his only mistake: Science ≠ 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 ≠ 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

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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 – 8 April 2016 – another 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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Sunny Side Up

Ceres livens up. Dawn’s  newly unvielded Ceres video shows our new world dwarf planet, on our doorstep, just out beyond Mars. What a wonder waiting for us humans! WOW! :-)
Ceres Occator crater  Ceres Unvieled - NASA JPL video  Inside the Earth, the debate about Core-Mantle boundary “continents” hots up in 2016, as Jason & Tuzo evidence rises with plumes. Inner-inner core iron crystal “city” phases too?
Core Mantel Plumes continents - Jason and Tuzo   Core Mantel Plumes continents - Jason and Tuzo on world map   Core Mantel Plumes book
On Earth: Renewables (declining in Europe for years) go belly-up? SunEdison: “One of the largest developers of renewable energies worldwide, especially photovoltaic, could be in bankruptcy, losing $11 billion in debts. Spanish worldwide renewables giant Arboga files for bankruptcy too, with $16.48 billion debts. Californian Ivanpah solar mirror plant loses taxpayers $2.2 billion. But, Greenpeace says: Cleantech going up: Japan, Canada, China binge [taxpayer $billions] on greens. Which is evidence, which is emotion? Which is a threatening/extreme/passionately-held/minority viewpoint? Break out the popcorn :-)
 Renewables declining in Europe Californian Solar Mirror Power Plant broken
Future Nuclear…in Asia? China, Japan & South Korea supplying nuclear to Argentina, Brazil, Egypt & Jordan. Will the West follow or still be mired in fear? Will the Swedes “go collectively mad”  & in 2020 shut down ALL their nuclear, then buy in Baltic brown coal? However, looking on the bright side, the world is now safer then ever, with nukes dropping rapidly ;-)  Data shows fast human progress not regress.
Nuclear Future in Asia Nukes Declining world wide
We humans are being more self-critical too. And that’s good! Evidence-based medicine ≠ Finance-based medicine: 20% GDP spending on health care = health risk. Science & Reason opposes schools/universities/academics banning “extreme” opposing viewpoints.
Medicine, evidence-based is not finance-based

Science and reason questioning Academics labelling opposing viewpoints as extreme and so shutting them down
So, it’s taken us about 100 years for the 3Rs (readin’, ‘ritin’,’rithmetic) to flood through the world’s schools and out into the world’s adults. Let’s push now for the 4th R = reasonin’ to become embedded globally by 2100. If the majority, authority & emotional  logical fallacies are pointed out in our arguments, then we should make sure we have the strength of mind not use them again a few seconds later. The same goes for willingly using other logical fallacies and ignoring counter evidence. Let’s keep on pushing towards our bright reason-based future with a 4Rs-using global population.

Sunny Side Up Brady

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Reasoning Rising

Whooaa! It looks like LIGO got lucky. Gravitational waves detected after 100yrs of predictions. Great scientific method search & discovery.
LIGO detects gravitational waves from 2 merging black holes 1.3 billion light years away
7 billion people on Earth, 3.6 billion with little or no electricity & Earth Hour-ers burn oil candles in the dark to “raise awareness” about our healthy blooming planet keeping “them” there. From Children’s Crusades to Witch Hunts to Eugenics to … Lets aim higher.
Human Achievement Hour - making our world better for ALL humans and now
Electricity - 3.6 billion with little or none         Human Achievement Hour - making ALL humans better
As reason rises in the world so too does optimism and intellectual freedom.
Poverty declining rapidly     Optimism - small but growing
Schools are for questioning everything
Raising Reason Brady

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Best Year Ever Again, Continuing Trend

Happy Hominans,
Well well well, we’ve won once again :-)
Optimism 1 Optimism 2
Let’s review the year. How are the humans going? The world is getting richer: poverty drops to single digits (9.8%) down to 700 million, even with a growing population. Food Glut: record food harvests & low prices = feeding future billions (one?) on less land with less fertilizers. Lifespans worldwide are up. The Great Enrichment (unplanned prosperity) continues apace, says Deirdre McCloskey, by individual humans specializing, innovating & freely networking. Great!
Food Glut with record low prices on less fertilizers Extreme Poverty lowest ever - 9.8% down to 700 million peopleFAO food index dropping means cheaper food for all Food Glut 2016
How about the cuddly little animals? The walrus seem to be happy :-) : “Pacific Walrus populations “increased from 50,000 to 100,000 animals in the late 1950s to more than 250,000 animals by 1985,” and they are believed to have now reached their maximum carrying capacity. Svalbard polar bears are “fat as pigs” & up 42%, even with their ice poor Barents Sea. Bees are still thriving and nature rebounding. Peak cropland, peak farming, forest transition and nature rebound are spreading across the globe.
Walrus rebounding and back historical levels in the Pacific Polar Bears - fat as pigs Bees used for green masters perposes Nature rebounding across the globe
And the pretty plants? The Sahel desert is greening again, from more CO2, leading to increased plant water use efficiency. Earth’s green biomass is rising and increasing crop yields by 10-15%.
    Biosphere Biomass increasing Greening Earth
And how is Earth’s biosphere going (Gaia to Greens)? The 18 year 9 month global temp pause (cooling?) continues, even with increasing CO2.  Arctic ice is thickening and the deep oceans are still cold & alkaline.  The new Eco-Modernist Manifesto even welcomes humans back to Earth: “human prosperity and an ecologically vibrant planet are not only possible, but also inseparable”  That’s an improvement! ;-)
Gaia Ecomodernist Manifesto - belatedly waking up and welcoming humans Global Warning flat from 1997 to 2016
Energy prices drop worldwide (good for poor people) as the fracking (shale-gas/oil) revolution goes global & produces an oil glut. China races ahead with 100 advanced nuclear reactors to 2025, 400 to 2050, at 1/3 cost & in 1/2 time as in the West.
Oil Glut as Fracking Revolution takes over Chinese Future Nuclear Map
Democracy– up; child safety – superb; war deaths-flatlined; homicides- drop. That’s good!
Democracy beats Autocracy in todays world Children become safer and safer War deaths decrease and stay down worldwide Homicides decrease around the world
This calls for a song. A hug-your-hominans song! Note Still the One Note 
 Homo naledi and the Underground Astronaut who found him - Lindsay Hunter
NoteWe’ve been together since way back when. Sometimes I never want to see you again.  

I want you to know, after all these years, you’re still the one I want whisperin in my ear.
You’re still the one — who can scratch my itch, still the one — and I wouldn’t switch. 
We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one. Note

This optimistic evidence is now getting out to humans: Hans Rosling – Don’t trust The Media to understand the world, check facts & arguments yourself. Matt Ridley & Steven Pinker just won the Munk Debates arguing that humankind’s best days lie ahead.  And 5 data scientists become world famous for showing that facts can win over fear.
Hans Rosling - Do not trust The Media if you want to understand the world World is much better now and will continue - Ridley and Pinker win debate  Optimistic Scientists with data to prove it
We caring humans, are still too often tricked into destructive baseless beliefs by fear & righteous emotions from deep down in our ancient lion-in-the-grass African savannah brains, … as our world bounds into a fantastic 21stC future. But even this problem is being solved, with Homo sapiens (& school children :-)) more often using critical thinking to check evidence & arguments with the scientific method and logical reasoning.
Failure How Science Succeeds - Stuart Firestein City of the Future - Shinjuku, Tokyo with park Curiosity Selfie - Namib Dune - January 2016
These failures are our road to success as we humans move into Green green megacities, leaving wilderness blooming & nature rebounding, while we achieve mighty things, on our journey to reaching the nearby stars.
Fantastic Future  Trend Watching Brady

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