|March 22, 2015||Posted by News under News, Peer review, Philosophy, Science|
In Everyone, Even Jenny McCarthy, Has the Right to Challenge “Scientific Experts,” science writer John Horgan challenges colleague Chris “war on science” Mooney: I had a similar reaction when I spotted the headline of a recent essay by journalist Chris Mooney: “This Is Why You Have No Business Challenging Scientific Experts.” Similar, that is, to his […]
|March 16, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Here: Science is the use of observation to guide thinking about the world to understand it. This grand, idealistic, with-a-big-S Science is not broken. However, much of the actual, concrete with-a-small-s science, i.e. the activity of scientists today, is not good Science. Some aspects of how modern science works go against the principles of Science. […]
|March 16, 2015||Posted by News under Media, News, Science|
A friend sends info re this National Geographic edition, reinforcing the essential message: Fund us, you twits We are science! For example: “Those of us in the science-communication business are as tribal as anyone else, he told me. We believe in scientific ideas not because we have truly evaluated all the evidence but because we […]
|March 14, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Media, News, Science|
Probably. Some guy actually asks questions we have all been wondering about: reflecting on the current cover story in National Geographic, “The War on Science”: : Anyone who expresses any doubt in what National Geographic calls “the consensus of experts” is a crank or a nut. From the magazine’s perspective, no other explanations are even […]
|March 10, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Media, News, Science|
Not a chance. But here hack Ben Thomas unpacks the problem it creates: The trait that distinguishes scienceyness from actual science is that it’s got nothing to do with the scientific method at all. … Sciencey headlines are pre-packaged cultural tokens that can be shared and reshared without any investment in analysis or critical thought?—?as […]
|March 8, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, News, Philosophy, Science|
It’s why we pay taxes for this stuff: I had occasion to read a rather lengthy essay this week by the Washington Post’s science reporter, Joel Achenbach, which left me feeling not only annoyed but somewhat insulted. Titled, “Why science is so hard to believe” the article didn’t spend much time talking about specific theories […]
|March 7, 2015||Posted by News under Philosophy, Science|
Jonathan Witt here: For instance, through much of the nineteenth century, the scientific consensus was that microscopic life was relatively simple, little more than microscopic sacks of Jell-O. The scientific community also accepted the idea of spontaneous generation—that creatures sprang to life spontaneously out of things like dew and rotting meat. Taken together, these pieces […]
|March 6, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
Further to: Darwin trolls: Meet a genuinely anti-science group… (The (Islamist) authors of the document also urged women to refrain from “exploring science”): Here’s real anti-science, if anyone is interested: From Reuters: Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some […]
|March 6, 2015||Posted by News under Media, News, Science|
Further to Media’s methane-based life: No it is NOT just sensationalism, it is cheerleading for a worldview (one that permits, even encourages, fiction to stand in for fact): At Forbes, philosopher of science Henry Miller identifies a similar pattern at National Public Radio, which receives federal funds: Among the most egregious transgressions of fair, professional […]
|March 4, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
Doubtless a new experience for you. From International Business Times: Women affiliated with members of terror group Islamic State (Isis) have published a manifesto and guide to living as a militant Muslim female. Education for women is okay as long as they stay at home, but “It is considered legitimate for a girl to be […]
|March 4, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Multiverse, News, Philosophy, Science|
Here at Science Friday: are excerpts from Brockman’s latest, This Idea Must Die : Seth Lloyd: Suppose that everything that could exist does exist. The multiverse is not a bug but a feature. We have to be careful: The set of everything that could exist belongs to the realm of metaphysics rather than physics. Tegmark […]
|March 4, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, News, Science|
From The Netherlands: The professor of media studies, José van Dijck, has been appointed president of the Royal Academy of Sciences, the Academy. Van Dijck follows Hans Clevers on. Van Dyck is a representative of the humanities again headed the association of outstanding scientists. The appointment of the Academy Clevers had previously broken with the […]
|March 3, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Media, News, Science|
Attkisson is a genuine investigative journalist, harassed by authoritarian government in an age of cosseted government media hacks, poseurs, and vapid cheerleaders for “science.” Further to kairosfocus’ Sharyl Attkisson (in a TEDx) cautions on Astroturfing and pseudo-consensus: This also seemed worth calling out as astroturf: A close third is an array of blogs that use […]
|February 27, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
News here has noticed the trend, and also the growing impatience with the traditional rules of science that constrain their fantasies.
|February 25, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News, Science|
It is clear that those who treat ID with the greatest contempt are those with the most at stake in terms of professional identity and social status.
|February 23, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Neuroscience, News, Science|
The theme is “Mind and Brain,” great speaker lineup.
|February 18, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Multiverse, News, Science|
Science is actually only a trinket in Many Worlds/multiverse reasoning. Sages sitting on a riverbank 2500 years ago could come up with the same sorts of ideas
|February 17, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Media, Science|
Dr. Lüthje tells us, one Austrian science journalist said to her, “Please understand me, I just can’t criticize a professor.” No? Oops. Hello? Gutenbergs? Get me Johannes!
|February 16, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Philosophy, Science|
Prediction: To the extent that science is dominated by naturalist atheists, falsifiability will not survive as a criterion. And the next war will be against the idea of evidence.
|February 11, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mind, Philosophy, Science|
Science has not discovered that there is no free will. But politics certainly did.