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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 2:42 PM

Re: Reviewer bias in peer review

Pete wrote, Double-blind peer review results in different sort of reviews than single-blind. [...] Once papers are allocated to reviewers, single-blind reviewers are significantly more likely than their double-blind counterparts to recommend for [more]

Mon Oct 30

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 7:35 PM

Re: Bigger than I thought

There were two people indicted today (Manafort and Gates), and a third person (Pappadopolous) pled guilty. Everyone is focused on Manafort, but I am pretty sure that Papadopoulos is the sleeper. The information that he is providing to the FBI may [more]

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LorenCobb posted to the Nanoviricides board. 7:26 PM

Apologies, avoid

I asked for this discussion board back in 2013, and have not had anything positive to post since then. I regret investing in this wretched little company.

Loren

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 2:03 AM

Re: A universe from nothing?

One way to understand what happened to time before the Big Bang is to ask yourself this curious question: "What lies to the south of the South Pole?".

Events that occurred before the Big Bang are like the lands that lie to [more]

Sun Oct 29

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 1:11 AM

Re: Inconvenient: oceans continue to cool

Anthony Watts makes the valid point that the oceans govern the global mean temperatures of Earth. He displays a figure showing sea surface temperatures (SST) starting in 2015. The pattern in this figure does indeed suggest that we have recently come [more]

Sat Oct 28

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LorenCobb posted to the Atheist Fools board. 5:53 PM

Finite Simple Group of Order Two

Several days ago I found myself unable to post a link to YouTube on The Motley Fool. This post is merely a test to see if they have fixed the bug. If it works, then the link will take you to an a capella rendition of a hilarious tune, [more]

Fri Oct 27

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 1:45 PM

Re: A universe from nothing?

Hawkwin, your post (#500742 of this board) is so angry and harsh, I have to wonder what is eating at you so.

I found the hour-long video to be fascinating, inspiring, instructive, and popular. This is why I recommended it. He presents no [more]

Thu Oct 26

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:05 PM

Re: A universe from nothing?

It's easy to dismiss the objections of David Albert (a philosopher of science) and John Horgan (a science journalist). I won't waste my time on them.

The criticisms of George Ellis and I.S. Kohli are less easily dismissed. Their [more]

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LorenCobb posted to the Atheist Fools board. 1:27 PM

A universe from nothing?

I think folks on this board might be interested in this 2013 talk by Lawrence Krauss, delivered at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, entitled "A Universe from Nothing".

Krauss is an excellent theoretical physicist and [more]

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LorenCobb posted to the Atheist Fools board. 1:19 PM

(test)

For some reason, TMF will not post messages from me. Testing...

Tue Oct 24

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 9:58 PM

Re: Poll: Implied error bars?

BJ wrote, “I imagine though, that if the misuse and error is as common here as it was, that the usage is utterly and entirely opaque to the general public and must be (by scientists using it) explained each and every time it is used until the lights [more]

Mon Oct 23

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 3:50 PM

Re: Poll: Implied error bars?

Sorry, the table in the previous post skipped and mangled a couple of lines. It should read:

0.001 = 10^-3
0.01 = 10^-2
0.1 = 10^-1
1.0 = 10^0
10.0 = 10^1
100.0 = 10^2
1000.0 = 10^3


My [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 3:45 PM

Re: Poll: Implied error bars?

Hmmm. The ten responses to my poll (concerning the phrase "on the order of") are discouraging, and indicate an area of scientific communication that is much more muddied than I had thought.

When used in science, "on the order [more]

Thu Oct 19

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LorenCobb polled the Climate Change board. 11:23 AM

Poll: Implied error bars?

I have been paying a lot of attention recently to the many ways in which scientists fail to communicate what they are thinking. For example, when a scientist tells a reporter that “The estimated loss is on the order of 100 gigatonnes per day” then he [more]

Fri Oct 13

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 6:43 PM

Re: The Time for Action is Now

it might be better if everyone drove a gas-powered hybrid that gets high mpg. But most people drive, on average, a 25 mpg car.

Back in June I sold my old 1996 Toyota Previa van (175,000 miles @ 19mpg) and replaced it with a new Toyota [more]

Wed Oct 4

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 4:36 PM

Re: Correlation = causation

Interesting thread.

StP: Correlation = causation [NOT]

No modern scientific study of causation ever claims that a causal link exists based on mere correlation. As I recall, there were a few philosophers in the 18th and 19th [more]

Mon Sep 25

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 3:08 PM

Re: BoM was plagiarized

1pg wrote: Interesting podcast with a guy who has written a book wherein he demonstrates that the Book of Mormon was largely plagiarized from a book of Marco Polo's travels. With some bits stolen from other sources. He is making the case that [more]

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LorenCobb replied to the Climate Change board. 2:25 PM

Re: Warm Arctic - Cold continents

I don't find this idea bizarre at all. This is one of the best examples of how some relatively simple partial differential equations can be solved to predict (a) circumpolar Rossby waves, also known as jet streams, (b) poleward-propagating Rossby [more]

Mon Jul 24

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LorenCobb replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:10 PM

Re: Dr. Pippa Malmgren on Cryptocurrencies

BJ wrote that, "Private cryptocurrencies are not the part of the society that issues money or needs to have a careful accounting of how much is circulating in support of that society. They serve as a "store of value" but are utterly [more]

Wed Jul 19

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LorenCobb replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:18 PM

Re: The party's over......

There actually is an easy way to get rid of tritium: just let it sit there, wherever it is. The half-life of tritium is only about 12 years, so it disappears on its own fairly quickly. Plutonium, for comparison, has a half-life of 24,000 years [more]

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