Beware of journalists doing math... or science

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 25, 2008

If you ever wondered why there's so much global warming hysteria in the media -- it's ignorance of science encouraged by "scientists with an agenda."

Today's example of scientific illiteracy comes from the Associated Press.

WARSAW, Poland – Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

Solar system. Universe. Whatever.

Neither the author, no any of the four levels of editors aren't rocket scientists. (And that's a good thing.)

0 comments on “Beware of journalists doing math... or science”

  1. Watch those stones you're throwing...

    Read the translations of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (and search for universe):

    Or just read the intro to the Commentarilous

    "All the spheres revolve about the sun as their mid-point, and therefore the sun is the center of the universe."

    For Copernicus the solar system *was* the universe: the stars existed on a celestial sphere that was also centered at the location of the sun.


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

16-year-old Lola Fitzgerald has been racking up skeet shooting championships in and out of her home state. Now a new California law has shut her out of the sport and is threatening her Olympic hopes.

In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

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