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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

by Revilo P. Oliver THE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN is an old and highly respected periodical. It tries to report discoveries and significant developments in all of the major sciences, and although its pages are occasionally adulterated with “sociological” buncombe, its articles deal chiefly with physics,…
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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

Jewish magician and “psychic” con man Uri Geller by Revilo P. Oliver Our Spooners WHEN I WAS in college (long ago, when it was still possible to get an education in some of them) I knew a number of men of considerable accomplishment in the genuine sciences. They would no more have wasted three…
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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

Arthur Conan Doyle by Revilo P. Oliver Scientific Suckers IT IS TRUE that quite a few men who attained competence, and some who attained distinction, in some one of the sciences have evinced remarkable gullibility, but that was almost always a susceptibility to some superstition about the supernatural…
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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

by Revilo P. Oliver EARLY IN 1983, fifty-five years after it was perpetrated, Margaret Mead’s great anthropological hoax was at last definitively exposed by the publication of Professor Derek Freeman’s Margaret Mead and Samoa. See Ray Hill’s review of that book in the May issue of The Liberty Bell
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WHATEVER HAPPENED to the stale and pale White men (Booo!!!!) who discovered DNA, arguably the most important scientific breakthrough in the last hundred years? They became universally respected heroes, right? The breaking of the genetic code gave us a paradigm-shifting new understanding of biology…
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James Watson NINETY-YEAR-OLD Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Watson has been stripped of his honorary titles by a leading American research institution, after doubling down on his conclusions linking race and intelligence. Despite nearly half a century service to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…
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by David Sims THERE ARE ABOUT 98,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering given annually in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. As an article in the journal Black Enterprise, 3,500 (3.57%) of them are given to Blacks, who comprise 12.5% of the US population.…
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by David Sims THE SMUG “Debunking Denialism” Web site, which likes to style itself as scientific and rational, says that “racists” employ fallacies in their arguments: Thinking that the average says anything about the spread [is a fallacy]. This fallacy can often by found…
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INTELLIGENCE COULD BE measured with a swab of saliva, or drop of blood, after scientists showed for the first time that a person’s IQ can be predicted just by studying his or her DNA. In the largest ever study looking at the genetic basis for intelligence, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and…
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I’VE MENTIONED BEFORE that from an evolutionary perspective it is not the most intelligent who survive, but the least deluded. Intelligence and a deficit of delusion are not entirely exclusive concepts, as without an advanced capability to learn we might still be wallowing in our own filth…
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