Sunday, June 24, 2012

James Lovelock, Godfather of Global Warming, Opines on Science and Truth

Just a bit more about science, research and truth, here as regards global warming:

James Lovelock, godfather of global warming, interview at the Toronto SUN:
“One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”

Read the whole article here.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: How journals once facilitated and now hinder scientific progress.

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: How journals once facilitated and now hinder scientific progress.: - Sent using Google Toolbar

The Future of Research? Train to Leave Assumptions Behind

Andy Kessler at the Wall Street Journal online writes in
"[Thrun] eventually found his way to Stanford, leading the university team's entry in the 2005 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) Grand Challenge to create an autonomous vehicle that could navigate 132 miles through a desert. He insisted on a blank slate, letting student imaginations run wild as opposed to proving that some professor's arcane research actually works. "It's sad that we never get trained to leave assumptions behind," he says. Stanford won by 11 minutes."
Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Evidence: Flawed Medical Research Has Led to False Treatments that Contribute to High Health Care Costs Says Chief of Stanford Prevention Research Center in Stanford Magazine : Imagine Then What it is Like in the Soft Sciences!

We have been writing about defects in academic research as long as we can remember and now we can add generally flawed medical research to our list, as reported by Joan O'Connor Hamilton in the newest issue of Stanford Magazine - May/June 2012.

O'Connor discusses inter alia the findings of the Chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, epidemiologist John P.A. Ioannidis, who says that one of the great contributors to excessively high healthcare costs are treatments which doctors prescribe that are based on flawed medical research.

Ioannidis has specialized in trying to reproduce past research results by others and has found that "for most designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true.... Many standards of care are never tested."

His result confirms what we have found to be true in the mainstream theories of many of the humanities, which are conducted according to schools of thought that are demonstrably false in many of their basic assertions, and that rely on faulty research and faulty conclusions drawn on less than probative evidence about the subjects under study.

If medical research, for which billions are spent, is this flawed, just imagine what the situation is like in the "soft sciences".


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Uluburun Shipwreck Shaking Ancient World Views: Zannanza and the Egyptian Queen


The Uluburun Shipwreck is slowly -- and rightly -- changing many of the false conceptions that mainstream scholars have been propagating erroneously over the years about the ancient world, especially in terms of ancient navigation and seafaring traders.

Take a look at the About.com Guide about the Uluburun Shipwreck by  , and the links you find there.


I refer to the Uluburun Shipwreck in my book Ancient Signs
and reveal there some interesting analysis
of what was found on the Uluburun shipwreck
as bearing on important questions of ancient history.


Here is a sample;
Zannanza [designated to wed the Egyptian Queen] died before reaching Egypt [but his fate remained a mystery]..... Irene E. Riegner writes about the Akkadian term zanānu and notes that a derivative term Zununnê means "marriage gifts". It is likely that Zannanza was a name reference to a son as "the marriage gift" as it were for the Egyptian Queen, together with the royally laden ship."
The Uluburun Shipwreck could have been Zannanza's fate. We have more about that in the book.

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Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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  • Sky Earth Native America 2:
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
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    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
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    These landmarks were placed systematically in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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