|October 12, 2015||Posted by News under News, Psychology, Society|
From the Weekly Standard: The behavioral sciences scandal On this August morning Science magazine had published a scandalous article. The subject was the practice of behavioral psychology. Behavioral psychology is a wellspring of modern journalism. It is the source for most of those thrilling studies that keep reporters like Vedantam in business. Over 270 researchers, […]
|May 18, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under Philosophy, Science, Society|
Many people have claimed that doubt is the great engine of scientific advance. In this article, I would like to contend against that thought, and show the true virtue that lies behind science that is often mistaken for doubt.
|May 18, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, News, Science, Society|
So the editors actually noticed?: Duarte et al provide evidence suggesting that social psychology is not a welcoming environment for conservatives. Papers are reviewed differently depending on whether they are considered to support liberal vs. conservative positions, and anonymous surveys reveal a considerable percentage of social psychologists willing to explicitly report negative attitudes towards conservatives. […]
|March 20, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under academic freedom, Darwinism, Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Society|
I spend a bit of time teaching and talking to junior-high and high-schoolers, especially homeschool students. One of the things that I try to teach them is how to approach teachers who are Darwinists when they get to college. Anyway, I though some readers might be students and might appreciate the advice. Obviously, this is […]
|January 20, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Selective Hyperskepticism, Society|
But never realized it was science.
|November 1, 2014||Posted by News under Epigenetics, Intelligent Design, News, Society|
Considering that the study authors apparently want to talk about something like epigenetics, not industrial strength fascism.
|February 21, 2014||Posted by News under Naturalism, News, Science, Society|
As for accommodation, sorry, the ship has sailed. The controversies around peer reviewed fraud testify to the heart of the problem.
|September 12, 2013||Posted by johnnyb under academic freedom, Culture, Media, News, Society|
Tania Lombrozo has a great piece up at NPR on why, more importantly than common ground, is charitable ground.
FYI-FTR, # 2: KeithS of TSZ and other objecting sites, inadvertently shows the self-referential absurdity of evolutionary materialism and its fellow traveller po-mo ideologies regarding first principles of right reason and other self-evident first truths
|July 16, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, FYI-FTR, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Philosophy, Popular culture, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society, They said it . . .||
We live in a post-modern [actually, ultra-modern . . . in Joe Carter’s sense of “modernity on volume level ELEVEN, not merely ten” . . . ] world, or so we are commonly told. In that world, it is a commonplace to hear that “Aristotelian logic” exhibits a black- and- white thinking fallacy (strawman: any […]
|June 30, 2013||Posted by News under Atheism, Religion, Society|
A sample of research that merely ignores demographics
The ghost of William Paley says his piece in reply to Darwin and successors, on the commonly dismissed “watch found in the field” argument
Over at the KF blog, we have recently been entertaining some ghosts from our civilisation’s past, who are concerned about its present and now sadly likely future in light of the sad history recorded in Acts 27, of a sea voyage to Rome gone disastrously wrong because the voyagers were manipulated into venturing back out […]
Video: Dr George Yancey documents progressivist anti-Christian and partisan biases in the university and even in IQ tests . . . with implications for addressing the commonly encountered “ID is Creationism in a cheap tuxedo” smear
|May 16, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Atheism, Creationism, Culture, Education, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society|
Yesterday, I ran across the video to be shown below and posted a comment that I think needs to be headlined and seriously pondered if we are concerned that the university functions in an objective, fair-minded, truth-seeking way: This study (HT: WK) as presented in a short lecture by Dr George Yancey — a sociologist […]
On a case study of the willful closed-mindedness produced by the selective hyperskepticism of the New Atheist mindset
|January 29, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Selective Hyperskepticism, Society|
A couple of days back, we saw where Cornelius Hunter put up one of his dual post comments here at UD; on the recent proposal to set up a Darwin Day celebration. In glancing at the commentary at his personal blog, I came across the following highly revealing exchange involving one of the most virulent […]
|January 22, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Culture, News, Off Topic, Society|
Off topic, but important as a service to UD’s readers. HERE. Pardon, I took some days before commenting, until I found some useful info beyond the media panic headlines. Notice the clip from Oracle’s advisory, the link to the FAQ and the further link on gory technical details. The bottomline is that over the past […]
Wiki’s F – – on ID, 6: Is all of this focus on the Wiki ID article mere tilting at a windmill that is pointless and so should be ignored?
|January 11, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Culture, Darwinism, ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Popular culture, science education, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society||
( To comment, kindly go here) One of the objections to the markup of the Wiki ID article is that this is tilting at a windmill. I disagree. It should already be plain that the Wiki article is representative of a standard set of talking points used to polarise the unwary against design theory, and […]
|December 30, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under ID Foundations, Intelligent Design, Popular culture, science education, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society||
Yesterday, we saw how Wikipedia is one of the most influential sites on the Internet, how it vaunts itself on its commitment to NPOV, a neutral point of view: Editing from a neutral point of view (NPOV) means representing fairly, proportionately, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published […]
|December 15, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under Constitution, Culture, Ethics, Laws, News, Off Topic, Popular culture, Society||
Yesterday was a hard day, even for those like me who were quite late to the news. We woke up here to the news on BBC — a Caribbean tradition — that someone in China had attacked a classroom with a knife of some kind and had slashed twenty-two children. This, in a country where […]
|November 23, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Culture, Education, Evolution, ID Foundations, Origin Of Life, Science, science education, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society|
This morning, I ran across a news item on the “undiscovery” of Sandy Island off Australia: Most explorers dream of discovering uncharted territory, but a team of Australian scientists have done the exact opposite. They have found an island that doesn’t exist. (vid at the linked) This led me to think about the institution of […]
|November 21, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Courts, Popular culture, Religion, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Society||
I have noticed that the usual hostile scrutinisers at some objector sites are back on their Saul Alinsky, dismissive mockery and well-poisoning tactics. (I suppose they have not liked the situation where in recent weeks we have had some useful and reasonably civil exchanges here at UD under living room rules, giving the lie to […]
|November 15, 2012||Posted by Steve Fuller under Darwinism, Evolution, Philosophy, Science, Society|
Some of you may have already seen that Thomas Nagel’s new book, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, has been subject to a blistering review in the liberal US weekly, The Nation. On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s excellent Religion & Ethics website, I have commented on this […]