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Scientists Blind to Their Failings

Scientism sounds appealing in theory. In practice, human scientists fall short of its ideals of enlightenment, progress and understanding.

Questioning the Sanity of Big Science and Big Media

Scientists arrogate to themselves the authority to diagnose insanity, but they and their friends in the mainstream media believe some pretty nutty things.
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Climate Flap Echoes Political Divide

Reactions to a whistleblower's statements raise the possibility that the climate-science consensus is largely political, not empirical.

Science Reporting Has Become a Fake-News Scandal

One reporter in a campus Press Relations office shouldn't be able to influence the world's view of science.

Big Science Goes Total Left in Opposing Trump

Have they no shame? Science is not supposed to take political positions. What they're doing this week undermines their credibility as unbiased seekers of the truth.

Language Strangles Scientific Ideals

Big Science doesn't have a public relations problem. It has a propaganda problem.

Big Science Pops its Zits

If you think institutional science has a smooth complexion, look closer. From every angle, serious blemishes are coming to light.

Big Science Leans Pro-Death

Is there any logical or empirical reason why science journals and secular reporters should always take the pro-abortion position?

Big Science Blind to Its Scientism

Big Science loves scientism, but the view that science is the most reliable path to knowledge suffers a fatal flaw: it is self-refuting.

Big Science Blind to Its Political Bias

More evidence that institutional scientists, journal editors and reporters live in an echo chamber that betrays their ideals of unbiased knowledge generation.

Darwinians Honor a Fraud

Devoted to Charles Darwin, Ernst Haeckel was not above fabricating data to make his hero look better.

Science Sells Its Soul to Clinton Campaign

Mainstream science media have abandoned all pretense of objectivity when it comes to presidential politics.

Shameless Bias in Presidential Science

Why do "science" news sites go after the Republican candidate only? This is another arena Donald Trump could show is rigged.

Scientism, Heal Thyself

The scientific establishment that sees itself as the paragon of rationality needs take an honest look at its human frailties.

Media Perpetuates Lazy Thinking

Lazy reporters don't do their homework, two critics in different fields complain.

Peer Review Is Unscientific

A reviewer of peer review says our reverence for the practice borders on mysticism, not science.

Science Is Biased

They admit it; you can't get rid of bias in science. Big Science has too many problems of its own to dictate ethics to others.

Without Integrity, There Is No Science

Science continues facing a crisis in credibility, leaving Big Science institutions scrambling for solutions.

Psychotherapy Effectiveness Exaggerated

It's depressing that psychotherapy inflates its effectiveness in treating depression.

Researchers Test Scientific Brainwashing

Psychologists test methods of unconsciously manipulating people's biases – and nobody seems worried about it.

Can an Evolved Brain Choose Good and Evil?

If the brain evolved, wouldn't anything the mind does be determined by forces beyond one's control?

These "Evolutionary" Fossils Don't Help Evolutionary Theory

Anti-evolutionary implications can stare paleontologists in the face, yet they still invoke evolutionary theory.

What Is the Temperature of the Earth?

The news are all reporting 2014 as the hottest year on record, but no one is asking how such a measurement can be made without bias.

Science News Hype Getting Overdue Scrutiny

Finally, a journal is owning up to the propensity for scientists and reporters to exaggerate research.

Of Minds and Men

So many psychological theories have come and gone; does anything remain worth clinging to?

Peer Reviewed Science Can Mislead in a Major Way

Sociology is under scrutiny, but the issues apply to all of science.

Children Are Little Geniuses

There's a lot of talent in the heads of those little toddlers.

Survey Exposes Liberal Bias Among Psychologists

Everybody except liberals knows they are intolerant of conservatives, but now a new survey won't let them deny they have a real bias problem.

Political Science 101: Doubt Scientific Claims

Science goes through a chain of messengers from data to consumer. In between are fallible scientists, who speak often in incomprehensible jargon and often only partially understand what they observe, but often wish to gain notoriety with a major discovery (or need to publish or perish). Next, the institutional press offices decide what is significant and try to digest the jargon to layman level. The predigested stories are then delivered to science reporters, who sometimes sensationalize the filtered stories to make a name for themselves. Finally, the media outlets, prone to peer biases, dress up the products to grab the eyes of readers of their newspapers, magazines, or web pages. How much of the real scientific data remains at the end of this game of Telephone? Sometimes the bias is clearly evident, but often the product is delivered with all the presumptive authority of science. Once in awhile, a reporter comes clean about the dirty work involved.