|August 14, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Religion, Science|
I don’t want to survive. I want to live! – Captain McCrea Over the past several months, I’ve taken a new position at Truett McConnell University (TMU) as an Associate Professor of Microbiology. 1 I was attracted by what makes it different here. Virginia was a good season, but I sought to focus on closely […]
|August 3, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, Peer review, Science|
Another health sciences correctitude goes down in flames. From Big Story: Last year, the Associated Press asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture for their evidence, and followed up with written requests under the Freedom of Information Act. When the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation […]
|July 23, 2016||Posted by News under News, Science|
From Alex Berezow and Tom Hartsfield at LA Times: The Journal of the American Medical Assn. recently published a very unusual article: a scientific study authored by a sitting president of the United States. That’s never happened before. In a sense, it’s cool that President Obama cares enough about science to want to publish a […]
|July 23, 2016||Posted by News under academic freedom, News, Science|
From guest blogger Amanda Freise at Scientific American: It’s Time for Scientists to Stop Explaining So Much Research shows that more facts don’t necessarily lead to changed minds, but my colleagues have a hard time accepting it Not to leave you in suspense or anything: This theory of science communication, the so-called “deficit model,” suggests […]
|July 21, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Peer review, Science|
From Salvo: An entertaining but revealing development in science culture in recent years has been the intentionally nonsensical academic paper. Earlier this year, political scientist Peter Dreier admitted at Prospect that his abstract for a panel of six years ago, “On the Absence of Absences,” was “academic drivel”: I tried, as best I could within […]
|July 20, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Darwinism, Evolutionary biology, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Religion, Science|
We have been talking a bit about Rope Kojonen this last week, with his presentation at the AM-Nat conference and his recent paper on methodological naturalism in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Now he has a new book out covering a philosophical perspective on the Intelligent Design debate.
|July 18, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science|
One of our presenters at the AM-Nat conference, Rope Kojonen, recently published a paper based on his AM-Nat presentation with the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, titled “Methodological Naturalism and the Truth Seeking Objection.”
|July 15, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In this next video from the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism (AM-Nat) conference, Rope Kojonen defends methodological naturalism by suggesting that the foundation for its objections is the belief that science is the only valid way of knowing.
|July 15, 2016||Posted by News under News, Science|
According to 270 scientists From Vox: Scientists often learn more from studies that fail. But failed studies can mean career death. So instead, they’re incentivized to generate positive results they can publish. And the phrase “publish or perish” hangs over nearly every decision. It’s a nagging whisper, like a Jedi’s path to the dark side. […]
|July 13, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Video|
In the next installment of videos from the AM-Nat conference, Jim LeMaster discusses Francis Bacon and David Hume, and shows their issues with teleological thinking in science, and why the arguments against analogies don’t measure up. We have a conference coming up in November focused on biology, and another in February focused on business and […]
|July 8, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In the next video from the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference, Jonathan Bartlett describes the philosophical underpinnings of methodological naturalism and why they fall short. For more information about the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism (AM-Nat) conference series, see the website. We have two more conferences coming in the next year!
|July 7, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Science, Society|
From Jeffrey Guhin at Slate: First, experts usually don’t know nearly as much as they think they do. Experts often get it wrong, thanks to their inherently irrational brains that, through overconfidence, bubbles of like-minded thinkers, or just wanting to believe their vision of the world can be true, mislead us and misinterpret information. Rationality […]
|July 6, 2016||Posted by News under News, Philosophy, Science|
From James Blachowicz at New York Times: When a scientist tests a hypothesis and finds that its predictions do not quite match available observations, there is always the option of forcing the hypothesis to fit the data. One can resort to curve-fitting, in which a hypothesis is patched together from different independent pieces, each piece […]
|July 5, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Video|
In this presentation from the AM-Nat conference, Mario Lopez points out the possibility that design itself may be able to serve as a neutral descriptor of what counts as science, where here “design” serves as a general description, not necessarily Intelligent Design.
|July 4, 2016||Posted by News under Darwinism, Science|
Because they are in the midst of one. From Suzan Mazur at Huffington Post: [Following is the censorship email Kull refers to above — it was not written by Denis Noble: “Could I request that you stop referring to the forthcoming RS-BA meeting (“New Trends in Evolutionary Biology: Biological, Philosophical and Social Science Perspectives”), and […]
|July 4, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Naturalism, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Video|
In this presentation, Tom Gilson describes regularism, intended to be a metaphysically neutral philosophy of science to replace methodological naturalism. Regularism is intended to focus on the things that the scientific methodology needs to operate properly rather than assumptions about what it will discover. Find out more information about the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism conference.
|July 3, 2016||Posted by News under News, Religion, Science|
From Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: accepting Templeton Prize: A free society is a moral achievement. Without self-restraint, without the capacity to defer the gratification of instinct, and without the habits of heart and deed that we call virtues, we will eventually lose our freedom. That is what Locke meant when he contrasted liberty, the freedom to […]
|July 2, 2016||Posted by News under academic freedom, News, Science|
Here: Observations, not stories, are the pillars of good science. Today’s journals however, favor story-telling over observations, and congruency over complexity. As a consequence, there is a pressure to tell only good stories. Moreover, incentives associated with publishing in high-impact journals lead to loss of scientifically and ethically sound observations that do not fit the […]
|July 2, 2016||Posted by News under Culture, Naturalism, Science|
If you’ve time on your hands. Here’s a classic: “Why bad ideas refuse to die” by science writer Steven Poole at the Guardian: And what happens when the world of ideas really does operate as a marketplace? It happens to be the case that many prominent climate sceptics have been secretly funded by oil companies. […]
|July 1, 2016||Posted by News under Climate change, News, Science|
It’s unfalsifiable: So personal testimony will do. In a recent presentation to a bunch of political operatives, the Mann put his pseudo-scientific foot in his mouth. From the Washington Times: Leading climate doomsayer Michael Mann recently downplayed the importance of climate change science, telling Democrats that data and models “increasingly are unnecessary” because the impact […]