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Magick is a Science: Treat it that Way!

Two days ago was the Spring Equinox. The Sun was exactly overhead at noon. This solar influence has been so important on the history of humanity that it is celebrated in numerous cultures going back thousands of years. Zoroastrians call it Nowruz. Jews identified it with Pesach (Passover). Some Pagans associated it with the goddess […]

Science, Scientism, Religion, Magick

In a recent post I defined scientism as: “A set of beliefs, focused around a narrow interpretation of materialism, that purports either to be a true defense of “real” science or science per se, but is closer to a type of religion.” For my definition of science I quoted Wikipedia: “an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world.” […]

Why the U.S. Fails in Science Education

I saw a blog by Jerry Coyne which referenced an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In particular there is a chart that shows a surprising percentage of adults who have false beliefs about science: 33% of adults don’t think the Earth goes around the Sun once per year. 49% think that “ordinary” tomatoes don’t have […]

Polluting the Moon

If you’ve watched any of the late night talk shows this week, you’ve probably heard jokes about NASA crashing  a rocket into the moon. Letterman quips that we’re following the Iraq strategy – bomb first, look for evidence later.  So wait… we’re bombing the moon? That couldn’t be right! So I went online to find […]