Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things I Learned Reading SciBlogs

1) If you’re not a physicist, don’t use the word "quantum." You can’t just spang down a “quantum” in front of something roundly disproved and thereby render it scientific; I don’t care what Deepak Chopra says.
2) Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle very probably does not mean what you think it means.
3) Your rejection of the evidence does not necessarily constitute a “paradigm shift.”
4) There’s a word for “complimentary” or “alternative” medicine that has been proven to work. That word is “medicine.”
5) There are not always two equally valid sides to an argument. Sometimes one side is wrong. Sometimes the majority is wrong. Sometimes it isn't. You may never know if you don't check your source's sources.
6) The fact that someone is rude to you or gets angry at you doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong, or even that they suspect that, somewhere deep inside, they might be wrong. Sometimes they're just pissed at you because you're arguing poorly.
7) Vaccines do not cause autism. The fact that we are not yet sure what does cause autism in no way invalidates this fact.


  1. I don't read _SciBlogs_, so I can't add...but are you sure about #2?

  2. I'm sure of my position on that one, but not of my momentum.