Big Science Sullies Its Reputation

March 4, 2017 in Bible and TheologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

The public will lose confidence in science if its institutions continue to side with the political left.

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Big Science Joins US Democrat Party Campaign

August 7, 2016 in Darwin and EvolutionDumb IdeasEducationMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Science journals and reporters—even those outside the US—position themselves to defeat Trump and elect Clinton to promote their leftist causes.

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Peer Review Is Unscientific

July 9, 2016 in Bible and TheologyEducationIntelligent DesignMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

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

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You Can Trust Scientists (to Be Fallible)

July 5, 2016 in Bible and TheologyBirdsDinosaursHealthHuman BodyMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

With theory overturns like these, one gets to wonder about the privileged status of scientists in our culture.

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Science Journalism Disseminates Propaganda

March 29, 2016 in Darwin and EvolutionEducationHealthHuman BodyIssuesMediaMind and BrainOriginsPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

The current methods of science news reporting don’t educate; they indoctrinate.

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You Should Trust Scientists (To Be Fallible)

June 6, 2015 in Bible and TheologyEducationMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Public trust in scientists exceeds their trustworthiness, experts warn.

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Evidence-Based” Findings May Not Be

September 12, 2013 in HealthHuman BodyPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Patients are encouraged to seek only “evidence-based” treatments for disease, but a look behind the scenes of clinical trials reveals some of the same human foibles that plague any science: shortcomings in honesty and transparency.

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Scientific Ethics Concerns Rising

August 5, 2012 in Bible and TheologyEducationMediaMind and BrainPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

For an enterprise as secular and materialistic as science, there’s a lot of talk about morality these days.

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Objectivity of Science Undermined

October 24, 2011 in EducationIssuesMediaPhilosophy of SciencePolitics and Ethics

Science has no boast if not objective. It is objectivity that supposedly sets science apart from all other modes of inquiry: following a “scientific method” that guarantees objective truth about the natural world. Results are reported in peer-reviewed journals that weed out mistaken ideas. After publication, other scientists can replicate any published results, making science a self-correcting process that refines its objectivity over time. Most insiders and philosophers know that the picture is highly flawed, but the vision persists that science is objective. Recent articles raise awareness of some of the problems with the portrayal of scientific objectivity.

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