Vast improvements in the scientific system could be had if science agencies strengthened the ties that link research agendas to societal needs, and counteract the perverse incentives that commit scientists to careers measured by publications and grant dollars rather than the creation of socially valuable knowledge. Exceptional science is produced not by a miracle machine, but by institutions that tie scientific curiosity to problem solving. Daniel Sarewitz, "Kill the Myth of the Miracle Machine," Nature 7/11/17
I applaud your effort to pull actual science from the mass of propaganda for Evolution you report on (at least on those rare occasions when there actually is any science in the propaganda). I also must say that I'm amazed at your capacity to continually plow through the propaganda day after day and provide cutting and amusing commentary.... I can only hope that youthful surfers will stop by your website for a fair and interesting critique of the dogma they have to imbibe in school. — a technical writer living in Jerusalem
Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. If you are merely a sceptic, you must sooner or later ask..., 'Why should anything go right; even observation and deduction? Why should not good logic be as misleading as bad logic? They are both movements in the brain of a bewildered ape?' The young sceptic says, 'I have a right to think for myself.' But the older sceptic, the complete sceptic, says, 'I have no right to think for myself; I have no right to think at all.' — G. K. Chesterton, from Dembski (2014), p81 n9
Who was the first prominent scientist from the British Isles? Who, in the early 17th century, stands in the line of pioneers of calculating machines? Who doubled the productivity of early scientists? Who according to David Hume was one of the greatest men Scotland ever produced, yet would have argued against Hume’s skepticism? A man who studied the Bible seriously, and fervently defended Biblical Christianity against error. A man whose most famous discovery would have profound impact on the sciences, yet considered his Christian faith primary and his mathematics secondary. A man most students never heard of, John Napier.
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The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. — Proverbs 3:19-20