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Terry Wogan’s ‘indisputable fact’ disputed

Terry Wogan wrote an article on the obesity crisis, asking if it really is the curse of modern Britain.  Interesting, but he ends with the ‘indisputable fact that our cavemen ancestors never knew alcohol nor the noxious weed, ate nothing but wild berries and fruit, got all the exercise they needed running away from wild… Read more »

‘Gay’ birds and media spin – again

Several years back, I posted about newspaper articles on ‘gay’ albatrosses in which I pointed out the rather dubious rhetoric and logic used.  Well, ‘gay’ birds are back on the radar again, but this time it is the term of zebra finches to be ‘gayified’.  Once again Metro’s ‘Minicosm’ has chosen to make this an… Read more »

Letter to the Media re Norway shooting reporting

Dear Editor, Whilst reading the coverage of the awful events in Norway, I noticed a repeated phrase in media reports and comment, including that of the Daily Mail, to the effect that the shooter was a ‘right-wing Christian fundamentalist extremist’. Right-wing and extreme is without question, but the ‘Christian fundamentalist’ is factually false. A Christian… Read more »

Metro MiniCosm, Sci-Fi and desperate speculation

If you know what you are looking for, the free Metro newspapers mini-cosm feature can be very revealing.  So many of  the ‘science’ reports are a little long on speculation, a little short on fact, particularly the copious evolution related ones.  For instance in the 31st March 2011 edition, (it’s a while ago, I know),… Read more »

Richard Rives Twisting Tertullian

These days the big think in many conservative evangelical circles is to excavate ‘true Christianity’ from 20 centuries of pagan contamination.  While I can sympathize with the sentiment, there’s an awful lot of specious rubbish in the movement.  Any possible early church father quote is used to demonstrate early contamination with pagan ideas, and anything… Read more »

All’s alright sexually…. we’ve proved it!

I found a newspaper article about a study on what people want in sex. does nothing of the sort, because it only measures searches on sexual terms that people use, not what proportion they are of the population, nor what proportion have sexual addiction or mental health issues.  In other words the research by definition… Read more »

An Evolutionists sermon

The other week, a moderately senior cleric came and preached at my local parish church. As it was Passion Sunday, he talked about atonement theories, with his particular target being penal substitution and similar theories. He wanted to promote the idea that the power of Jesus death was mainly in the moral example it sets… Read more »

What’s the word on Climate Change?

Metro Newspaper yet again. Thursday March 10th with a title as above. It says ‘More people believe in climate change than global warming – even though it is the same thing, a new study suggests. Almost 75 percent of people said they believed in the phenomenon of changing temperatures across the globe when it was… Read more »

Hand-crafted – or handily crafted non-argument?

In the Mini-Cosm section of the Metro newspaper on 8th March 2011 was an article entitled ‘Hand-Crafted’.  I tried to look for the original article, but it appears to be in a science journal I’d have to fork out a lot of cash for; however I did find a few fuller articles on the internet… Read more »

Fishy breath and sexy evolution

Let’s talk about the evolution of fish to amphibians. I got to thinking, let’s just isolate one factor – change in breathing from gills to lungs, from underwater breathing to air breathing. If you have some kind of half-way stage, then I’d say you have a survival of the fittest problem. According to evolutionary theory,… Read more »