Scientists Blind to Their Failings
April 4, 2017
Scientism sounds appealing in theory. In practice, human scientists fall short of its ideals of enlightenment, progress and understanding.
The Myth of Science Self-Correction
February 13, 2017
Sounds good in theory: scientists check each other with peer review, and knowledge advances. In reality, scientists are only human.
Big Science Pops its Zits
January 5, 2017
If you think institutional science has a smooth complexion, look closer. From every angle, serious blemishes are coming to light.
Scientism, Heal Thyself
September 8, 2016
The scientific establishment that sees itself as the paragon of rationality needs take an honest look at its human frailties.
Evolutionists Undermine Their Own Truth Claims
July 16, 2016
Two evolutionists appeal to "evolutionary forces" to explain the rise of bad science.
Peer Review Is Unscientific
July 9, 2016
A reviewer of peer review says our reverence for the practice borders on mysticism, not science.
Science Is Biased
May 29, 2016
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.
Big Science in Big Trouble
April 24, 2016
The default religion of secularism has fallen from grace.
If You Can't Trust Scientists, You Can't Trust Science
February 8, 2016
Science may be "out there" in the world, but its discoveries are mediated by fallible scientists.
Without Integrity, There Is No Science
January 16, 2016
Science continues facing a crisis in credibility, leaving Big Science institutions scrambling for solutions.
Psychotherapy Effectiveness Exaggerated
October 4, 2015
It's depressing that psychotherapy inflates its effectiveness in treating depression.
Reproducibility Crisis in Psychology, and Other Science Woes
September 5, 2015
Here's more evidence that human pride, greed and ambition can get in the way of the ideals of science.
You Should Trust Scientists (To Be Fallible)
June 6, 2015
Public trust in scientists exceeds their trustworthiness, experts warn.
Big Science in Crisis of Trust
May 3, 2015
A flurry of recent articles underscore the absolute necessity for integrity in science.
Scientific Method Evolves
March 11, 2015
There is no scientific method. There are customary procedures that depend on the field; these are subject to mutation and artificial selection.
Science Can Dumb Down, Corrupt, and Mislead the Public for Decades
February 13, 2015
It's impossible to present so-called scientific "findings" about the human mind that are morally neutral.
Is Pareidolia a Hypothesis?
January 22, 2015
Some astrobiologists see possible signs of life in Martian soil photographed by a rover. The rover project scientist begs to differ.
Science News Hype Getting Overdue Scrutiny
December 18, 2014
Finally, a journal is owning up to the propensity for scientists and reporters to exaggerate research.
Nature Reports Armitage Discrimination Case
November 5, 2014
The leading scientific journal has reported Mark Armitage's lawsuit against California State University for firing him as a creationist.
Scientists Need Philosophers
October 26, 2014
Wise journal editors realize that they can't do science without philosophy.
Peer Reviewed Science Can Mislead in a Major Way
September 1, 2014
Sociology is under scrutiny, but the issues apply to all of science.
Scientists Want to Toss Peer Review
June 2, 2014
It has been a criterion of science, but peer review is loaded with problems and probably should be replaced.
Nobel Prize Winner Fights Tyranny of Big Scientific Journals
December 23, 2013
He's on a campaign to bring power to the people.
Science Reporter Says Scientists Are Like Cattle
December 9, 2013
A science reporter lists several reasons why scientists are about as trustworthy as bankers.
Students Need to Argue Science, Not Memorize It
April 11, 2013
A professor of science education has a radical idea: teach science through argumentation, because that's the way scientists do it.
Transparency Is Changing Scientific Practice
November 14, 2012
Secret peer review, paper journals and exclusive scientific clubs may become things of the past.
Who Owns Science? Publication Revolution Underway
June 27, 2012
A revolution in scientific publishing may fundamentally alter the power structure over science and result in openness for all.
Mouse to Elephant? Just Add Time
January 30, 2012
How do you evolve a mouse into an elephant? Just add 24 million generations. But you can shrink it back down in just 100,000 generations. This and other eyebrow-raising stories have been told in the secular science media recently.
Chinks in the Scientific Method
December 29, 2011
V & V. That’s shorthand in project design for “validation and verification.” Does the scientific method provide V & V? We are all taught to think that peer review, publication and replication help science to be self-checking, so as to avoid error. Some recent articles show that ain’t necessarily so. It may sound good in theory, but in practice, the ideal doesn’t always match the real.
Objectivity of Science Undermined
October 24, 2011
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.