Category: Science

Atheist novelist sears popular science writing

Questions we are not supposed to ask include: “Who believes all this cow plop anyway? Why is everything in pop science media written from the perspective that we all do believe it?” more

Looking for a source? Try Sententias’ directories on hot topics in philosophy and science

Here are some directories that may help you find a name, a fact, or a representative article, if you must write something. more

More reasons why you shouldn’t bother with Wikipedia …

… if you need correct information, not just free information. more

The 1970s called: Help! Save the dying mainstream media!

For a similarly profound shakeout coming to science media in particular, see “Nobelist Schekman spells out his challenge to science journals” and “Nobelist Randy Schekman boycotting Nature, Cell, and Science.” more

Christmas gift Dr. Mike has been waiting for for 50 years

Dr. Mike wrote at TSZ: Mike Elzinga: You think you know all about science from reading popularizations? You want scientists to explain things to you even as you refuse to learn basic high school science and vocabulary? For the first time in something like 50 years I would like to see an ID/creationist do a […] more

Top ten stories of 2013 from science news media

Fast away the old year passes, so time for everyone to compile their Top Tens. Here are a few lists, highlighting ones we followed or wished we had: more

Science journalists: Should we ask tougher questions?

Translated from Tradespeak, he is saying, roughly: Lose the pompoms. ASK tougher questions. more

Darwin’s Doubt author Steve Meyer on the film Gravity with Michael Medved

Discussion about this new hit movie, as well as deeper questions concerning our current understanding of how gravity works and academic backlash faced by Sir Isaac Newton. more

Science can be done “by ignoring God,” but what follows? — a response to Torley

Science “done without God” needs no evidence and need not even make sense. it just needs a number of key people to agree that it is “science.” more

At the New Republic, John Gray blasts scientism as shallow

Gray says, Scientism has many sources, but central among them is a refusal to accept that intractable difficulty is normal in human affairs. Many human conflicts, even ones that are properly understood, do not fall into the category of soluble problems. more

Debating Darwin and Design: Science or Creationism? (8) – Francis Smallwood’s Fourth Response

My neo-Darwinian friend, Francis Smallwood, has now written a response to my previous instalment in our dialogue. If you want to read it, go here. Below is a small excerpt of the response by Francis. You can read his full response by going to his blog. Follow the link at the bottom of the page. […] more

A reader wrote to say that he considered the following Fox News hedder deceptive …

Treat popular science media as light entertainment on these subjects, and worry mainly when nonsense starts to invade TED talks, for example. There should be some venues that strive to be nonsense-free, just for the sake of variety. more

ID Facebook Page heavies mad as hornets at UD News writer

So? Why is it science to speculate that space aliens might be hiding in our junk DNA but not that Bigfoot might be hiding in the mountains? The cultural assumptions merit unpacking, and I mean to unpack them. People can be as upset as they please. more

Our moral and intellectual superiors discourse on art and science …

… and we are allowed to listen. At least, that’s the way this dialogue comes off, betweennovelist Ian McEwan and theoretical physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed

Is faith in the space aliens a duty? Are doubts anti-science?

And is a firm belief in space aliens PRO-science? more

Darwinists and evolutionists saving face on basic science questions

Recall the series of threads that was sparked by this comment by a Darwinist: if you have 500 flips of a fair coin that all come up heads, given your qualification (“fair coin”), that is outcome is perfectly consistent with fair coins, a 22 sigma event is consistent with fair coins which was another example […] more

Who’s the next Carl Sagan?

Maybe what popular culture thinks of as science has changed. Stephen Hawking is the buzz now, as the universe gives way to the multiverse. more

Not wanting to focus on Protestants only, here’s an evolutionary nun …

… who advocates a cosmological rethink of religion (which is good because she, unlike some, does not pretend that this is just another flavour of the same brand) more

More from The Economist on what’s rotten with science today.

The Economist: “Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting. To an alarming degree, it is not” more

Stale, leftover Halloween candy: Scientific American on … Satan

I’d be inclined to say that Scientific American should be ashamed of publishing such glaring nonsense, but shame is one of those things they have likely outgrown. more

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