Speaking of Scientific American. . .

The latest webpage of Scientific American shows a big, bold, headline article that has nothing to do with science—at least as far as I know. Click on the screenshot to see the page, and then on this link to see the article on citizen militias, which of course decries them as white-supremacist organizations that constitute … Continue reading Speaking of Scientific American. . .

Confirmation bias from the editor of Scientific American

I almost never engage in Twitter wars, or in slagging people off via tweets, but the laws of physics compel me to highlight these two from Scientific American’s editor, referring to the article I discussed yesterday. It’s a good example of the circular “fallacy of opposition.” There was so much pushback against that article, and … Continue reading Confirmation bias from the editor of Scientific American

Scientific American continues to push ideology alongside science

There’s no longer any doubt that one of the main missions of Scientific American involves not the dissemination of science, but pushing a “progressive” Democratic ideology on its readers. What this has to do with science is beyond me. In fact, it has nothing to do with science; it has to do with the editor, … Continue reading Scientific American continues to push ideology alongside science

Scientific American attacks the “cult of the penis”

There’s a new Scientific American article that presents some interesting biology, but does it tendentiously, for its aim is to show, by citing a few cherry-picked examples of odd biology, that interest in the penis among biologists, and the relative neglect of the vagina, reflects the patriarchy. It’s time, says author Rachel Gross to take … Continue reading Scientific American attacks the “cult of the penis”

Bizarre acronym pecksniffery in Scientific American

Yes, that’s right: this is a real op-ed from Scientific American, which, if the magazine goes on in this vein, is going to fold—or at least should fold. Click on the screenshot to read. The word “problematic” should be your first clue that this is going to be painful: I’ll give you the first of … Continue reading Bizarre acronym pecksniffery in Scientific American

The best “science” stories of the year from Scientific American

Scientific American, once a respectable publication but now a woke joke of a rag, recently put out special edition highlighting the top science stories of 2022. (Click on cover to read.) I will make no comment except to say that the “epigenetics” article has none of the caveats about epigenetics in the nice piece by … Continue reading The best “science” stories of the year from Scientific American

Scientific American again posting nonscientific political editorials

I have no idea why Scientific American is publishing editorials that have absolutely nothing to do with science. Yes, they have gone woke, and yes, they’re circling the drain, and while they of course have the right to publish what they want, they’ve abandoned their mission to shill for the progressive Democrats. The latest shrill … Continue reading Scientific American again posting nonscientific political editorials

Scientific American (and math) go full woke

As we all know, Scientific American is changing from a popular-science magazine into a social-justice-in-science magazine, having hardly anything the science-hungry reader wants to see any more. I urge you to peruse its website and look for the kind of article that would have inspired me when I was younger: articles about pure science.  Now … Continue reading Scientific American (and math) go full woke

Scientific American: Denying evolution is white supremacy

As we’ve seen, the once-respectable journal Scientific American is circling the drain, with an increasing surfeit of articles pushing a particular ideological point of view—a woke one. Well, this article, by writer Allison Hopper, has a bit of science in it, but it’s mixed with politics in such a toxic way that it’s almost funny. … Continue reading Scientific American: Denying evolution is white supremacy

Scientific American finds the search for extraterrestrial intelligence racist and colonialist

UPDATE:  Michael Shermer emailed me with his response to this quote below, taken from the Sci. Am. Piece. We may not be able to recognize intelligence when we see it, and we may not respect or honor things we don’t perceive to be intelligent. That is what we did in many colonial interactions. Certain countries … Continue reading Scientific American finds the search for extraterrestrial intelligence racist and colonialist