Jetsam III

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The third abstract from creels, lines and nets washed up on Seacliff Beach in East Lothian.

I took inspiration for these photographs from my friend Michel Peltier, whose work can be seen at www.peltiermichel.com. Go visit.

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Rare burger risk warnings ‘not enough to save you in court’

From the “Morning Advertiser”, Britain’s trade magazine for the licensed trade:

Warning pub customers about the potential dangers of ordering and eating high-risk foods – such as oysters and rare burgers – is unlikely to be enough of a defence to stave off prosecution in the event of legal action.

Source: Rare burger risk warnings ‘not enough to save you in court’

Learning from creationists; radiocarbon dating

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Radiocarbon dating only takes us back some 50,000 years. This makes it a much smaller threat to Young Earth creationists than, say, lead-uranium dating, which takes us back billions of years. So why do creationists single it out for attack? Because there are indeed problems with the most simple-minded application of the method, and it does not matter to the creationist that these problems have long since been solved. Creationists think, and argue, more like lawyers than like scientists. In the courtroom, changing your story under cross-examination will destroy your credibility, and yet this is what scientists do all the time. Scientists accept that even the most well-established findings are subject to revision and refinement; lawyers, like theologians, seek certainty whether the data justify it or not.

SymTalk Leonard Sym’s presentation to Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub, 21 March 2016

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Spring panorama

Panoramic view of Dun Dubh and Ford Wood

Panoramic view of Dun Dubh and Ford Wood

I know it’s been a wee while since I last posted, but the better weather and the equinox have encouraged me out with the camera again. This is a view looking back towards the village where I live, just out of sight below the long green wood.