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Peter Woit, whom we sometimes follow because he is fun, looks back on string theory

He doesn’t seem to get the fact that string theory was a religious movement that was bound to end badly. The most distressing victim is science. But then that was well before the war on math, wasn’t it? Read More ›

Guttmacher vs Worldometer on Abortion statistics

Guttmacher: Unintended pregnancy and abortion are experiences shared by people around the world. These reproductive health outcomes occur irrespective of country income level, region or the legal status of abortion. Roughly 121 million unintended pregnancies occurred each year between 2015 and 2019.* Of these unintended pregnancies, 61% ended in abortion. This translates to 73 million abortions per year. Worldometer has flopped over to 2021. A captured image gives abortion numbers per WHO for 2020: The 30 million spread simply tells us that these statistics are problematic. However the message — an ugly one — is clear. END

The chemoton: Origin of life as a political issue?

At RealClearScience: "It [the chemoton] was announced to the world in Hungarian, at a time when Hungary was behind the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain. The chemoton would not reach English readers until 2003, when RNA world was firmly entrenched as the leading theory of life's origins." Read More ›