Groupthink

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In my naivety I though the concept of the Information Age was about developing a “knowledge-based society” were well informed individuals are allowed “to explore their personalized needs”. Thankfully, Wikipedia put me straight. Wikipedia reliably informs me I am “surrounded” … Continue reading

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Repulsive Bodies

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It has long been know that wells experience tides. At Gades [Cadiz, Spain], which is very near the temple of Hercules, there is a spring enclosed like a well, which sometimes rises and falls with the ocean, and, at other … Continue reading

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Brownian Motion – In-coherent Science

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Welcome to the weird and wacky world of In-coherent Science. The history of In-coherent Science can be traced back to the early years of the 20th century when the motion picture business was in its infancy. Around the turn of … Continue reading

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Tobacco’s Bum Rap

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During the 1900s in the United Kingdom men were consuming almost seven pounds of tobacco annually [on a per capita basis]. Cigarettes have largely replaced other forms of smoking in the past seventy years, during which time tobacco consumption has … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Caesium-137 Correlation

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Caesium-137 is a well studied radioisotope because of its “high affinity to fine soil particles”. Caesium-137, Cesium-137, or Cs-137 is one of radioisotopes of caesium with a nominal atomic mass of 137. … It is an artificial radionuclide with a … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Nuclear Fallout Correlation

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The correlation between nuclear fallout and the epidemic of male coronary heart disease can be traced back in the United Kingdom to 1942 and the Manhattan Project. Secular and geographical trends in sex differences in coronary heart disease mortality D … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Chemical Weapons Correlation

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The First World War [28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918] was grotesque and deadly. The total number of deaths includes about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians. The Entente Powers (also known as the Allies) lost … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Elephant in the Room

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The publication in 1953 of the [now] infamous cherry-picked graphic by Ancel Keys [claiming a clear correlation between degenerative heart disease deaths and dietary doses of fat] encouraged John Yudkin to delve into the murky depths of diet, death and … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Ancel Keys “Facts”

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Extraordinary stories frequently feature extraordinary protagonists. The story of the Cholesterol Correlation features the extraordinary Ancel Keys. Keys was the only child of Caroline Emma Chaney Keys, a homemaker, and Benjamin Pios Keys, a bookbinder. Shortly after their son’s birth, … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – Correlation and Causation

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The decline in mortality rates caused by infectious diseases during the first half of the 20th century resulted in a very significant improvement in life expectancy. Mortality in England and Wales: Average Life Span, 2010 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/mortality-ageing/mortality-in-england-and-wales/average-life-span/rpt-average-life-span.html This improvement in life … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – The Great Oxymorons

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Medical professionals confronted a bleak future in 1945 because: 1) The terror of infectious diseases had been eradicated by public health measures. 2) The fear of bacteria infections was being eliminated by the widespread use of antibiotics. 3) Demobilised medical … Continue reading

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The Cholesterol Correlation – Forgotten History

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The Cholesterol Correlation is one of the longest running soap operas in the illustrious history of Post-Normal Science. A soap opera, soapie, or soap is a serial drama and suspense on television or radio which features related story lines about … Continue reading

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Carver Mead: Coherent Science

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Carver Mead is a very interesting engineer and scientist who has achieved a very impressive list of “firsts”. In relation to his 2002 award with the National Medal of Technology, his biography at a webpage of the Technology Administration of … Continue reading

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Brownian Billiard Balls

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Lucretius described Brownian Motion as “tiny bodies” mingling “in many ways all through the empty space” in On the Nature of Things over 2,000 years ago. For look closely, whenever rays are let in and pour the sun’s light through … Continue reading

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Political Economy

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On the afternoon of Friday 13th August 1971 Richard Nixon decided to close “the gold window” so that “foreign governments could no longer exchange their dollars for gold.” On the afternoon of Friday, August 13, 1971, these officials along with … Continue reading

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Taylor–Couette Circulation

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Earth’s atmospheric circulation is primarily driven by “solar heating” and the “Hadley system provides an example of a thermally direct circulation” according to Settled Science. The major driving force of atmospheric circulation is solar heating, which on average is largest … Continue reading

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Couette Flow 4: Taylor Vortices

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Settled Science generally hides away inconvenient science in the dark corners of their academic edifices. Atmospheric Corotation is one of those “dark corners” of science where mainstream scientists “fear to tread”. Physics and the Earth sciences seem to [currently] avoid … Continue reading

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Couette Flow 3: Turbulence

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Laminar Flow is characterised by adjacent layers sliding past one another like playing cards. In fluid dynamics, laminar flow (or streamline flow) occurs when a fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers. At low velocities, the … Continue reading

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Solar Wind Turbines

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Turbines are used to extract rotational energy from moving fluids. A turbine is a rotary mechanical device that extracts energy from a fluid flow and converts it into useful work. A turbine is a turbomachine with at least one moving … Continue reading

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Settled Science: Going Round in Circles

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Settled Science tells us a gyroscopes is based on “the principles of angular momentum”. A gyroscope is a device for measuring or maintaining orientation, based on the principles of angular momentum. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyroscope Settled Science also tells us that “angular momentum” … Continue reading

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