You don’t have to teach both sides of a debate, if one side is a load of crap

New Rule: You don’t have to teach both sides of a debate, if one side is a load of crap. Now, President Bush recently suggested that public schools should teach intelligent design, alongside the theory of evolution. Because, after all, evolution is quote, “just a theory.” Then the President renewed his vow to drive the … Continue reading “You don’t have to teach both sides of a debate, if one side is a load of crap”

Medically Supervised Anecdotal Study

I heard this phrase in a radio advertisement: In a recent medically supervised anecdotal study, over 96% of the participants who took Product X*, reported an increase in libido and erectile strength. What is a medically supervised anecdotal study? Why not have a real clinical trial of Product X? Probably because a real clinical trial … Continue reading “Medically Supervised Anecdotal Study”

Polygraphs: but they scare the Hell out of people

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – November 21, 2003) LIE DETECTORS: WILL THEY REDUCE INSURANCE FRAUD IN EUROPE? For a while maybe. After one major auto insurer in the UK began using voice risk-analysis software six months ago, a quarter of the stolen car claims were dropped. Now, the Daily Telegraph claims, … Continue reading “Polygraphs: but they scare the Hell out of people”

Polygraph: Green River Killer Passed a 1984 Lie Detector Test

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – November 7, 2003) DOE will subject all 4,500 employees with top-secret clearance to polygraph tests (WN 5 Sep 03). How likely is it that a polygraph test will uncover a spy, assuming there is one? In 1984, with the Green River body count at 46, Gary … Continue reading “Polygraph: Green River Killer Passed a 1984 Lie Detector Test”

Polygraph Testing Less than Worthless

(via APS – What’s New by Bob Park – September 5, 2003) A two-year study by the National Academy of Sciences, “The Polygraph and Lie Detection,” showed polygraph testing to be less than worthless (WN 18 Apr 03). You might have expected at least a token decrease in testing by the Department of Energy. Instead … Continue reading “Polygraph Testing Less than Worthless”

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