Evolution as Scientific Literacy Dropped by NSB; Sets Off Firestorm
April 11, 2010
Can you be called scientifically literate if you deny that humans evolved from lower animals? What if you deny the universe began with an explosion? American students have typically scored low on those questions, leading to charges that they are scientifically illiterate compared to other countries in Europe and Asia. But now, the National Science […]
Is the Internet Age Redefining Science?
April 2, 2010
To a middle school student, science is a clear category; it’s a subject you take, along with history, language, or P.E. You have a science teacher; you read a science textbook. You learn about the scientific method. In the real world, though, categories are not always so clearly delineated. In fact, the leading science journal, […]
Science Proves the Morally Obvious
March 11, 2010
When scientists find that virtue brings reward and vice bring trouble, are they doing a better job than preachers and parents? Hold that thought while reading some of the things scientists have been telling us lately about ourselves. “R-Rated Movies Increase Likelihood of Underage Children Trying Alcohol.” Thank Science Daily for that bit of advice […]
Cold Castles: Bad Climate for Imperial Science
March 4, 2010
To some people, the world would be a better place if ruled by scientists. They could be like a benevolent oligarchy, employing the knowledge gained by the scientific method for the good of the people. A recent editorial might shake that belief. In Nature News this week,1 Daniel Sarewitz had some sobering thoughts […]
How to Call Your Opponent Stupid Using Evolution
February 27, 2010
It may be that Professor Kanazawa was intending to be compassionate by couching his assessment in the language of evolutionary theory, but he essentially made a categorical judgment that conservatives and Christians are stupid, and atheists and the sexually promiscuous are smart. How could he say such a thing? He could dodge the charge of […]
The Evolution of Religion or Vice Versa?
February 8, 2010
A Harvard professor has evolutionized religion again. Marc Hauser, the one who trains his little boy to adore Darwin (07/03/2007) and wrote a book on how natural selection created morality (10/27/2006), is now saying that religion is a by-product of our evolution. “These findings suggest that religion evolved from pre-existing cognitive functions,” he wrote in […]
Sociology of Science: the IPCC Case
February 6, 2010
Climate change is off-topic for evolution news, but what is taking place in this internationally-potent paradigm is instructive. Its troubles provide fodder for several extra-scientific disciplines: the philosophy of science, the history of science, the rhetoric of science, and the sociology of science. Lessons from the IPCC case can inform citizens about current scientific practices […]
Stem Cell News: Cancer Cures Coming?
January 18, 2010
Stem cell research has not been as prominent in the popular media lately, but researchers continue to make impressive strides – mostly with adult stem cells. Science Daily reported the first success treating leukemia with stem cells from umbilical cord blood. A researcher at the Hutchinson Center said, “The real ground-breaking aspect of this research […]
L.A. Museum Sued Over I.D.
December 30, 2009
They had a contract. The American Freedom Alliance (AFA), which takes no official position on Darwinism vs Intelligent Design but wanted to present both sides of what they considered an important public issue, was scheduled to show two films at the California Science Center’s IMAX Theater – one which assumes evolution, and one which argues […]
Comparative Legacies of Two Rocket Pioneers
December 10, 2009
Wernher von Braun developed rockets in Germany that were used by the Nazis, then came to America, became an American citizen, and pioneered the American space program, including landing man on the moon. Qian Xuesen developed rockets in America then moved to China, where he joined the Communist Party and pioneered the Chinese space program […]
The Evolution of the Future
December 7, 2009
Evolution, being an unguided process, would seem the last thing one could predict. That hasn’t stopped some evolutionists from speculating what an evolutionary future will bring to our planet and our species. Carl Zimmer, a blogger for a Discover Magazine blog, is one such speculator. He also wrote the final essay in the Origins series […]
Whats Natural for Humans?
December 1, 2009
Should humans do what comes naturally? What comes naturally? And what do we mean by natural? Nicholas Wade in the New York Times said, “We May Be Born With an Urge to Help.” He began with the same question: “What is the essence of human nature?” Then he discussed evidence that infants have […]
Can Scientists Conspire to Mislead?
November 26, 2009
Scientists are only human. Objectivity may be a noble aspiration; empiricism a worthy goal – but recent scandals illustrate the propensity for large-scale manipulation and misdirection by the very people supposedly devoted to intellectual integrity. Though off-topic for Creation-Evolution Headlines, the flap over stolen documents that appear to reveal collusion to support anthropogenic global warming […]
Consequences of Bad Choices: Well, Duh
November 18, 2009
Responsibility – integrity – honesty – respect – healthy choices. Those are the values of a bygone generation. Do we need science to tell us that our grandparents were right? PhysOrg reported that “Teen sexual activity and gambling [is] associated with taking nonprescribed medications to get high.” And Live Science reported, “Coed Dorms […]
Where Chairman Mao and Teenage Nihilists Got Their Motivation
November 12, 2009
What propelled Mao Zhedong to become the biggest mass murderer in world history? Let a professor of Chinese history answer the question. James Pusey (Bucknell U), writing in Nature this week for a series on “Global Darwin,”1 was explaining the vacuum left by the collapse of the reform movement in the early 20th century. A […]