|October 24, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under General interest, Mind, Naturalism, Philosophy, Science, Society|
A recent article tries to tackle some important and often-missed points of social psychology. [Unbridled skepticism] has given rise to a belief that what we think about ourselves and our lives together cannot be held with any confidence until objective, scientific insight into these problems is obtained. The result of taking such a stance on […]
|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 […]
|May 16, 2016||Posted by William J Murray under Constitution, Culture, governance, Laws, Legal, Liberty, Philosophy, Psychology, Society|
Transgenderism is when a person considers themselves to internally be the opposite sex of their physical body. They mentally “self-identify” in contradiction to the physical fact of their body sex. Transgender law advocates insist that self-identified “transgenders” be given legal right to have unfettered access to all public facilities currently reserved for one sex or […]
|May 6, 2016||Posted by William J Murray under Free Speech, language, Laws, Legal, Racism, Society|
Does a man have the right to identify himself as a woman and enter their locker rooms and bathrooms, demanding equal rights for their self-identification? Does a person have the right to identify herself as a native American and, when filling out forms for employment or college, indicate her ethnicity as such, even though she […]
|February 4, 2016||Posted by DLH under Conservation of Information, Darwinism, Evolution, Genetics, Human evolution, Society, Tree of life|
Error found in study of first ancient African genome “Finding that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was mistaken.” . . .
|January 11, 2016||Posted by johnnyb under Culture, Education, Philosophy, Science, Society|
Denyse’s recent post here on falsifiability tells me that we need more thought on this creature we call science and what it means for all of us, and especially the enterprise of knowledge.
|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 […]