Wed, 27 Aug 2003


Speaking of the BBC, for the next few days (probably until Saturday AM, UK time) there's an audio documentary on the great comedy Blackadder. Go listen before it turns into a pumpkin! (via Neil Gaiman's Journal)

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The Magic Word:
The two elements in water are hydrogen and ______

If science were explained to the average person in a way that is accessible
and exciting, there would be no room for pseudoscience. But there is a kind
of Gresham’s Law by which in popular culture the bad science drives out the
good. And for this I think we have to blame, first, the scientific community
ourselves for not doing a better job of popularizing science, and second, the
media, which are in this respect almost uniformly dreadful. Every newspaper
in America has a daily astrology column. How many have even a weekly
astronomy column? And I believe it is also the fault of the educational
system. We do not teach how to think. This is a very serious failure that
may even, in a world rigged with 60,000 nuclear weapons, compromise the human
- Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism, The Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 12, Fall 87