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Archive Classic: “Enlightenment” History of Science Being Rewritten

It’s a common myth that enlightenment atheists gave birth to the scientific era. Historians of science know better. 

Philosopher Tries to Defend the Big Science Consensus

A philosophy of science professor says we should believe what Big Science says. Are his reasons sound?

Big Errors Common in Big Science

It’s in the nature of theories to be overturned by new data. So how much trust should be put in current theories? Even the positivists like the reporters in New Scientist recognize that “There is no such thing as scientific truth, just a set of provisional truths that are subject to revision or rejection when […]

Bad Students Can Be Good Scientists

Are we recruiting scientists the wrong way? It takes a lot more talent than the ability to memorize and pass exams.

Buffon or Buffoon? Evaluating a Dead Expert

He was highly regarded in his day, but the beliefs of Comte de Buffon seem comical now.

History Debunks Scientism

The "inglorious" history of science isn't pretty.
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