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Science that changes religions. With no biasness!

Any time a writer sees the phrase “everything we thought we knew about X is also incorrect” , it sets off bullshit alarms. Having X be some major conclusion of physics makes the alarms even louder. Saying both religions and textbooks will need revising, well…

For the first time in history, “The Principle” (documentary) finds scientific evidence that The Copernican Principle is incorrect and suggests that everything we thought we knew about the universe is also incorrect. The film has already been a huge topic of a controversy in Universities around the globe, though this is the first time any formal press has been released.

It is important to note that our film conveys no biasness at all.  We simply reveal groundbreaking research.

Could 500 Years of Science Be Wrong!?

The Most Heated Debate of The Century Enters Theatres

Considered to be the most controversial film of the year, Stellar Motion Pictures announces the theatrical release of “The Principle”.  For the first time ever, this film reveals scientific evidence that proves the five-hundred-year-old “Copernican Principle” is wrong. 

If The Copernican Principle is wrong then everything we think we know about the Universe is also disturbingly wrong.  What this means is, every religion, science textbook, and philosophical viewpoint will be forced to reposition their belief system to admit that the Earth is in fact: The Center of The Universe.

PROVEN BY SCIENCE: how to get a drink

It’s pretty bad when a science uses sloppy language like “scientifically proven to help get you a drink.” But worse that the company that hosts the blog is attempting to get more serious blogs to give the sloppiness more prominence.

There you are—waiting at the bar, dying for a drink, but you can’t seem to catch the bartender’s attention. What’s your next move? Wait patiently? (Yeah, right.) Panic? Forget the drink and just pretend to your date that you’re way drunker than you actually are?

Well, lucky for you, Discover magazine’s Seriously Science? blog reports today on a technique that is scientifically proven to help you get a drink. All you do is this: Yell “BEER ME! NOW!” as loudly as you can while pointing your finger at the bartender.

No, just kidding. Don’t do that. (Though it might actually work in some cases.)

But seriously, here’s what you do:
Step 1) Position yourself directly at the bar counter.
Step 2) Look at a staff member.
Step 3) Receive your drink and enjoy!

For more info on the study, you can read the Discover blog post.

I hope you consider sharing this news item.

Mildly edited to remove a few links to a blog post in question.

Cancer? You need “natural health”

The noted science writer who received this expressed intense frustration that there’s a TV show that will attempt to convince people that the best response to breast cancer or near-death experiences is “natural health.” Especially since that seems to involve little more than cooking and martial arts.

AOL ON ORIGINALS DEBUTS NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “THE RESTART PROJECT” FROM

CELEBRITY DUO GWYNETH PALTROW AND TRACY ANDERSON

Los Angeles, Calif. (December 16, 2013) – Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson’s new series THE RESTART PROJECT premieres today on AOL On Originals.  The 10- episode documentary series is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and presented by Kaplan University.

The series follows Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and fitness expert Tracy Anderson as they spend time with women who’ve overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity. Each episode one woman will share her inspiring story firsthand, whether fighting back from a career-ending injury or transforming their lives and bodies through diet and exercise.

The brave women found in the series have suffered through such obstacles as losing a child, a breast cancer diagnosis, surviving a near-death experience and more but all have found peace and resolution through natural healing such as martial arts, competitive running and healthy cooking.

Non-science meets non-science

Some clever individual thought it might be funny to put a science writer on the mailing list for the Southern Evangelical Seminary, home of one of the leaders of the intelligent design movement. The regularly bombard me with things that are badly off target, but few so far amiss as this one.

Southern Evangelical Seminary Conference Speaker Dr. Craig Mitchell Discusses Why Christians Should Care About Economics

SES Says It is Important That Christians Are Equipped to Answer Questions About the Morality and Science of Economics

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Why should Christians care about economics? Are there moral or biblical principles related to economics?  Furthermore, why is it important to contemplate whether or not economics is a science?  The answers lie within what Dr. Craig Mitchell, a world-renowned economic apologist and speaker this past October at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s (SES, ses.edu) 2013 National Conference on Christian Apologetics, has studied, researched, written and presented in his lectures.

Dr. Mitchell points out that what we call science today used to be known as “natural philosophy.”  The social sciences all began under the field of moral theology and moral philosophy, and economics, law and politics – the social sciences – were all sub-disciplines under the philosophical and theological fields.  As such, all of the first economists included a view of the nature of man, morality and God in their systems. While economics is the most scientific of the social sciences, it is not a science like physics.  More and more economists are beginning to realize that you cannot divorce morality from economics, law and politics. They also realize that you cannot separate these disciplines from each other.

Mitchell comments, “Despite all of the mathematics in contemporary economics, there is no getting away from the fact that it is still moral philosophy. Consequently, every economic decision is value laden.  A good economic decision reflects the use of phronesis (or practical wisdom), which is both a moral and intellectual virtue. The man of character is one who normally acts in accordance with virtue. Consequently, one who is a good man will generally not allow himself to make many bad economic decisions.

“The man of character will normally be influenced by virtue of the moral, intellectual or political type. The Christian is guided by the theological virtues of Christian faith, Christian hope and Christian love…”

Aristotle argued that a government’s expenditures should be less than its revenue. He understood that debt was an evil that should not be undertaken lightly, especially by governments. Adam Smith, who was also a moral philosopher argued that government should only spend money on three things; national defense (the first duty of a sovereign), a legal/ judicial system, and public works. Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers of the United States would agree with both Aristotle and Adam Smith.

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary stated, “Apologetics – or defending one’s faith – is one method of evangelism. Economic apologetics, which employs logic and rationality combined with the tenets of the Christian faith, is necessary as a method to reach a group of individuals who have a way of intellectually thinking that may preclude them from being open to a higher authority when it comes to something as worldly as money and the economy.  In light of the current state of our economy and in light of the division among fiscal and social conservatives, now is the time that Christians must be equipped to be able to discuss why these fiscal and social precepts are intertwined and should not be separated, either in practice or in sound thinking.  Therefore, it is also imperative that Christians are practicing the biblical principles of economics so that their witness has substance.”

Craig Vincent Mitchell, PhD is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) where he also serves as director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement. In addition, Dr. Mitchell is also a Research Fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and he serves as a part-time lecturer in economics at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Mitchell has completed seven degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering technology/ mathematics from Savannah State University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. In addition, Dr. Mitchell holds master’s degrees in engineering management and information systems, both from West Coast University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern. In 2011 he completed a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Mitchell holds a PhD in Christian ethics and philosophy of religion from Southwestern and is the author of two books: Charts of Christian Ethics and Charts of Philosophy and Philosophers, both published by Zondervan.

A PR pitch that will leave you needing a drink

It’s a deep recursion into the blogosphere. Sent to the science editor of a news and culture blog, asking for publicity for a story at a science blog site. All about a “scientifically proven” method of getting a bartender’s attention.

Hi [redacted]-

There you are—waiting at the bar, dying for a drink, but you can’t seem to catch the bartender’s attention. What’s your next move? Wait patiently? (Yeah, right.) Panic? Forget the drink and just pretend to your date that you’re way drunker than you actually are?

Well, lucky for you, Discover magazine’s Seriously Science? blog reports today on a technique that is scientifically proven to help you get a drink. All you do is this: Yell “BEER ME! NOW!” as loudly as you can while pointing your finger at the bartender.

No, just kidding. Don’t do that. (Though it might actually work in some cases.)

But seriously, here’s what you do:
Step 1) Position yourself directly at the bar counter.
Step 2) Look at a staff member.
Step 3) Receive your drink and enjoy!

For more info on the study, you can read the Discover blog post here:

[link removed]

I hope you consider sharing this news item.

Thanks for your time. I hope these tips help you have a great (thirsty) Thursday!

Protection racket

A helpful reader (who happens to be the science editor at a major online publication) writes: “Not sure if batshit crazy PR counts.” Yes! It most certainly does. And this one tips the crazy scales because it’s about a product that proudly protects people from a risk that most studies indicate doesn’t actually exist.

Hi [redacted],

Of the estimated six billion cell phone users around the world, few are aware of the potential health dangers posed by the radiation emitted from their devices.

Due to the growing number of people using mobile devices, Green Swan announced the launch of The Cell Spacer™, a device that puts distance between a mobile phone user’s head and headset.  The Cell Spacer will help people use their mobile phones in a safe and healthy way.

If you are interested in sharing this with your readers, I am more than happy to provide you with a sample of The Cell Spacer or connect you with experts on the topic. Green Swan Founder and CEO Harry Lehmann, and/or Olle Johansson, Ph.D. at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute in the Department of Neuroscience are available for interviews at your earliest convenience.

More information can be seen in the release below.

[Links removed above because, really, we don’t want to be giving these people any more attention than we already are.]

As our submitter is unquestionably aware, a few studies have found tenuous links between cell phone use and various cancers, but these have not held up in larger, more rigorous studies. And there is no biologically plausible mechanism by which the radiation these phones emit can damage DNA. Nevertheless, the attached release quotes the PhD mentioned above as saying the dangers are so high that “To not act today would be deemed ethically and morally completely corrupt in the future.