Big Errors Common in Big Science
September 8, 2020
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 […]
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 Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus
March 23, 2017
National Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.
Darwinism Still Corrupts Culture
January 22, 2017
The bad fruits of Social Darwinism are well known. Less well known are ongoing negative influences of modern Darwinian ideas on human behavior.
You Are Free to Read This
September 18, 2016
The question of free will tantalizes philosophers, because the mind-brain distinction is complex.
Is Geology in a Scientific Revolution?
March 25, 2016
The editors of a leading geology journal consider the possibility that one of their core concepts is a mere paradigm.
If Materialism Is Bad, This Could Be Far Worse
February 28, 2016
A new movement in some science circles could have theists wishing for the good old days of battling materialism.
March 4, 2015
Cosmologists act less like scientists and more like actors, the more that anomalies threaten their paradigm.
Spin or Sin
November 1, 2011
You are bureau chief for a science news organization. Your job is to convince the public that science is right, and their doubts are wrong. You believe in reason and evidence, but you are frustrated that large segments of the population doubt the scientific consensus on certain hot-topic issues. The way to reach them, you say, is by coaxing people they already respect to convey the message, and use graphics to present the evidence. Sound reasonable?