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 […]
How a Christian Family Stood Up to Tyranny
November 10, 2009
Faithfulness to principle doesn't always win, but it allows one to live with a clear conscience.
Freud’s Out; Who’s Next?
October 15, 2009
Nature is "shocked by the abandon with which he elaborated his theories on the basis of essentially no empirical evidence."
Conservationists Moan Lack of Hikers
October 11, 2009
When hiking and backpacking were popular in the 1970s, the number of environmentalists and conservationists rose accordingly. Since then, many content themselves to watch TV and remain city-bound. The internet exacerbated the problem. Science Daily said, “a recent fall-off in strenuous outdoor endeavors portends a coming decline in the ranks of conservation backers.” […]
Philosophy Puts Brakes on Simplistic Science
October 5, 2009
Three stories touching on philosophy of science were reported recently. They show that simplistic ideas, and even terms deployed, can be misleading. That’s why philosophers still have a role in curbing the pretensions of scientists, and clarifying scientific issues and terms lest policy-makers and the public get wrong ideas. Are all invasive species bad?: We […]
Does Hedonism Belong in Science?
September 13, 2009
What’s an article advocating hedonism doing on Science Daily? Sure enough, an article entitled “Hedonism As the Explanation of Value” appeared today on the science news site without controversy or debate. The entry gave David Brax of Lund University a platform to preach that “pleasure is the only thing that is valuable in itself.” […]
What Darwin Does to Psychology – And Humanity
September 6, 2009
“Traits that we may find unsavory are nevertheless also products of our evolutionary history.” This quote stands out boldly in a call-out from an article by psychologist Jerome H. Barkow (Dalhousie University) in a review of evo-psych (evolutionary psychology) in PNAS.1 Barkow acknowledged controversy about the premise that the evolutionary history of our psyches produces […]
Is It OK When Astronomers Sell Stars?
August 17, 2009
Most people have heard the ads for companies that sell you a certificate for a star they will name after you. Professional astronomers have usually been quick to discourage people from falling for the schemes that have no professional or international authority for naming stars (for instance, see this article on Wired.com). But now, according […]
More Going On in the Brain Than We Realize
July 22, 2009
The news story about a girl who can see in both eyes with half a brain has stunned neurophysiologists (see New Scientist and Live Science). Somehow, the remaining parts of her brain underwent a massive reorganization of the circuits involved in vision. “It was quite a surprise to see that something like this is possible,” […]
Evolutions Guiding Hand Is Far From Obvious
July 17, 2009
A recent example of applying evolutionism to everything was seen on Science Daily and PhysOrg last week. Some psychologists are telling us that evolution taught us to take turns. “It’s not just good manners to wait your turn — it’s actually down to evolution, according to new research by University of Leicester psychologists.” […]
Bio-Darwinist Beats Up On Psycho-Darwinists
June 26, 2009
Evolution of rape? No way. Sharon Begley won’t let the evolutionary psychologists get away with their tales about how rapists, molesters, and cheaters can’t help themselves because evolution made them that way. The Science Magazine blog Origins seems to be cheering her on. Science writer Sharon Begley, who in 2007 returned to her old job […]
Science Reporters Need to Bark More
June 25, 2009
“Cheerleader or watchdog?” That’s the title of this week’s editorial in Nature1 opening a feature on science journalism. Science reporters are an aid to scientists, the editors said, but not just when they convey their findings to the public or help shape public understanding on matters of policy. They are also an aid when they […]