articles tagged: media
the hookup culture that wasn’t there
# sex

the hookup culture that wasn’t there

American seniors are convinced that millennial life is just an orgy of constant casual sex. But research into the matter shows absolutely no evidence of this.

fear, loathing, cell phones, and denial
# tech

fear, loathing, cell phones, and denial

More than 200 scientists with over 2,000 studies claim that cell phones cause cancer. Well, depending on your definition of "cause cancer." And "scientist." And "study."

newspapers say we don’t read them, or need to
# tech

newspapers say we don’t read them, or need to

Newspapers are attacking online services with which they could partner out of sheer desperation.

the trouble with tales from the clinical deathbed
# science

the trouble with tales from the clinical deathbed

We want to believe tales of an afterlife from those who were clinically dead, but we also have to keep the caveats to their stories in mind...

why martian microbes won’t outnumber earth’s
# space

why martian microbes won’t outnumber earth’s

A study says that more of Mars than Earth should be hospitable to life. But the data on which this conclusion is based is incomplete.

no, you can’t do psychology by committee
# science

no, you can’t do psychology by committee

A group of researchers armed with very strong opinions and flawed studies do not constitute a consensus on the effects of video game violence on children.

how to be a prophet by vagueness and obscurity
# tech

how to be a prophet by vagueness and obscurity

To some, Ray Kurzweil will always be a tech prophet , and they're prepared to cherry-pick his track record to sell that belief.

what scientology’s apostates can teach us all
# oddities

what scientology’s apostates can teach us all

Scientology presents itself as a religion of the future, but its former members tell the story of an abusive, criminal cult obsessed with money, power, and blackmailing its followers.

why you really need to pick the right experts
# science

why you really need to pick the right experts

Michio Kaku is an expert in theoretical physics. This is why it's not surprising that he's reciting for sci-fi cliches about evolution instead of the actual science.

techno-utopianism makes it to time magazine
# tech

techno-utopianism makes it to time magazine

Time gives the Singularity and its prophet the kid glove treatment, glossing over the scientific and technical issues with a wave of starry eyed credulity.

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