Once or twice a day, I sit facing a wall in my home. I just sit. I sit for twenty minutes, a half-hour, sometimes more. But I just sit. I sit and think not thinking; I do that by non-thinking. This is the Zen practice of shikantaza, or “just sitting.” You sit, cross-legged if you […]
As you may have read yesterday, Macworld magazine is no more. There will be a final November issue, then all that will remain is macworld.com. This is a sad moment, as Macworld was such a great crew of writers and editors, and they’ll be missed. I’ve been writing as a freelancer for Macworld since 2001, […]
It was thirty years ago today that I landed in Gatwick airport, on the first leg of my trip to southern France, where I was to spend a year. I’m not in France any more, but I’m still in Europe. That’s a long time…
When I moved to the UK in early 2013, I had to make a major change in the way I run my business. Having lived in France for a long time, I was familiar with French accounting rules, and I used a (very bad) Mac app to manage my accounting. in the UK, everything is […]
“Every summer stewards at the ancient monument in Wiltshire water the site to keep the grass healthy and green and the earth well nourished.
But this year the hosepipe was not log enough and failed to reach the outer part of the circle – where no stones stand.
The dried out land, which couldn’t be reached, revealed marks of parched grass which were spotted by a volunteer who alerted experts.”
WTF? Decades, even centuries of archeologists didn’t find this, and all it took was a too-short watering hose? What else are scientists too dim to find…?
A CNN Breaking News email informed me of this tidbit: “Burger King and Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons have announced they are merging, a deal that would allow the burger seller to move out of the U.S. and possibly cut its tax bill. The merged company will be based in Canada and have […]
Once or twice a day, I sit facing a wall in my home. I just sit. I sit for 20 minutes, a half-hour, sometimes more. But I just sit. I sit and think not thinking; I do that by non-thinking. This is the Zen practice of shikantaza, or “just sitting.” You sit, cross-legged if you […]
“One persistent theme in my writing about scientific topics is that, to optimally serve our own interests, public discourse and decision-making on issues that are highly scientific should be informed by the best evidence and scientific analysis available, not on lies, myths, misconceptions, or raw ideology. I am therefore attracted to topics where I think the myth to fact ratio is particularly high.
“Genetically modified organisms (GMO) is one such issue. The propaganda machine seems to be way out in front of the more sober voices trying to correct the record and focus the discussion on reality. I also see GMO as the ideological flip side to global warming denial. In the latter case we seen industry and free-market ideologues sowing confusion and misinformation. They also do the ideology shuffle – a dance in which, whenever they are nailed by the facts on one point, they state that their objection is really based on some other point. They never really acknowledge the point, just side-step it.
“Anti-GMO activists, in my experience, operate the same way. They have marshaled every possible point they can against GMO, whether or not they are true or valid. When one such point is exposed as a myth, they simply slide over to some other point as their “real” motivation for opposition, but never give any ground.”
I’ve often been surprised when I read what anti-GMO people think are the dangers of GMOs. There is a very strong level of superstition around GMOs, and, as this article points out, there is hard science behind GMOs. There are also a lot of myths around GMOs, and this article debunks many of them.