A couple of articles that might be pertinent to this topic appeared in our local paper this morning. One had to do with rules for filling seats on the Board of Trustees of our local community college. The county appoints half the trustees, the state the other half, and the conflict of interest rules for… Continue reading Corruption?
Alfred Russell Wallace, whose famous letter had alerted Charles Darwin in 1858 that he was in danger of being scooped on the principle of natural selection, broke with the principle just where it applied to human intelligence. Wallace accepted that humans developed from the apes, but he had little respect for the mental abilities of… Continue reading Exceptionalism – Resolving the Wallace Paradox
Blogger Erik Wemple has found a new example of Fox News distorting information to suit its political agenda. In a chart purporting to depict unemployment statistics, the trend line (which is what people look at) is mis-plotted. It shows data points, that are lower than others, as higher. The visual effect is to make people… Continue reading Fox Distortion
Not long ago I went to my car dealer to have my vehicle repaired. There is a little waiting area with seats, magazines, and a TV monitor that was quietly playing an afternoon quiz show or some innocuous program. I sat down and began to read. At first nobody else was there. But soon a… Continue reading Fox Propaganda