2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 51,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

About iain carstairs

I have a great interest in both scientific advances and the beauty of religion, and created www.scienceandreligion.com about 15 years ago with the aim of finding common ground between the scientist and the believer, and to encourage debate between the two sides.
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6 Responses to 2015 in review

  1. Congratulations, Iain! A well-deserved audience for a muscular thinker and a stunning writer.

    WordPress’s little metaphors for audience size are clever. 19 Opera Houses. Mine was several subway trains.

    Looking forward to more of your posts in 2016.


  2. Brock, I think that’s the best comment I’ve ever had!
    WP stats are a little misleading though – if ticket prices applied, I fear those opera houses would all have been empty. But I’m expecting this to be the year of Interesting and Highly Relevant News, so I will report in full as and when events warrant – have a happy new year and stay well.

  3. John Douglas says:

    Fascinating to see the stats and to see how widely read you are.

    Out of curiosity I clicked on the most viewed post with the most comments (48) and was amused by the comments from your ‘scient-autist’ critics.
    Here are some observations they ought to consider 🙂

    “In every science certain things must be accepted as first principles if the subject matter is to be understood; and these first postulates rest only upon faith.”

    ” ..new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by an artistically creative imagination.”
    Max Planck

    “….you can’t use science to validate science without presupposing what you are trying to validate….”

    “Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.”
    ― Robert Anton Wilson

    May I wish you ‘un feliz año nuevo’ and I look forward to reading more of your posts in 2016

    • And may I wish you the same – science is a funny old business, isn’t it? The word “scientist” was originally suggested as a joke, to remind one of an “artist” but it stuck. And of course science is for sale. It doesn’t matter the field, scientists have to make a living like anyone else; many who serve the petrochemical industry do creative research which unfailingly ends “..which may help create new drugs..”. Of course the self-serving rider always follows: “..though more research is needed.”

      I even saw this in an article on meditation. Meditation, the study showed, lowered stress. And this apparently opened the door to new drugs which would also lower stress! I kid you not..

      Happy new year and may 2016 be a new start all round!

  4. angela1313 says:

    Most impressive. I discovered you only in December but it was love at first read. Now I have a whole year to look forward to.

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