Category Archive: Books

Nov 20 2010

Joe’s Grand Fantasy, Part One

You keep using that word...

I’ve written about Joe Cienkowski on a previous occasion. Some of you may already be familiar with Joe and his ideas about evolution and atheism. I’ve had brief exchanges with Joe on Twitter, and though we disagree, we keep things fairly cordial. Someone was kind enough to recently provide me with one of Joe’s self-published …

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Nov 11 2010

A Poster Boy for the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Atheist cat finds your prayer cute, but ultimately futile.

Many people are not familiar with the term Dunning-Kruger Effect. The linked Wikipedia article begins with a very good description: The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and reaches erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer …

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Jul 09 2009

This is Going to be Good

Sometime in the next several days I hope to acquire a copy of “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future” for the purpose of providing a full review. As I’m not high on any publisher’s (or author’s) list of persons who should receive a review copy, I’ll have to stroll over to my local …

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