Fake Spider Scares Experts
May 4, 2020
Yet Another Fake Fossil Published in a Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal! What’s going on in paleontology? by Jerry Bergman, PhD The headline of a creation website announced in bold letters, “Fake spider fossil passes peer review!” It then asked, “What lessons should be learnt?” The first lesson is, although the common claim, at least by […]
Scientists Are Only Fallible Humans
December 18, 2019
Recent news articles remind us to qualify our trust in scientists according to the human potential for error and bias.
Scientist, Heal Thyself
August 30, 2019
People who play "King's X" in the science lab had better be aware of their limitations and vulnerabilities.
Liberal Journal and Media Disparage Conservatives, but Censor Falsification
June 28, 2019
A widely-cited paper disparaging conservatives was falsified, but the journal refused to admit it or publish a retraction.
How Science Could Destroy Itself
June 10, 2019
Without this essential ingredient, long taken for granted, science could collapse.
Science Under the Microscope Looks Infected
May 18, 2019
Surgical changes are coming in scientific institutions and methods, due to chronic maladies coming to light.
Big Changes in Science Publishing Underway
February 28, 2019
People are so used to peer-reviewed scientific journals behind paywalls, it's hard to think of any other way. Till now.
Science’s Got Troubles, cont.
October 29, 2018
The "credibility crisis" in science is not solved. It may be getting worse.
Science’s Got Troubles
October 27, 2018
Numerous news articles point to moral shortcomings in Big Science that threaten public trust. The US Constitution was a great idea. But John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (US Archives). Similarly, the “Scientific Method,” as it […]
Who Owns Science, Anyway?
September 5, 2018
Journal editors are freaking out over the rise of Open Science initiatives, worried their reign over the perception of science is doomed.
Science Fails Its Ideals
August 30, 2018
Fraud, lack of integrity and non-reproducible results continue to plague Big Science. Fair debate can help.
Scientists Are Just as Morally Fraught as Other People
July 15, 2018
Working in a lab and publishing in a peer-reviewed journal does not offer immunity from the moral or logical lapses.
Science Cannot Rise Above Human Nature
April 29, 2018
For all its aspirations and achievements, science must constantly drag along with it the ball and chain of human fallibility.
Big Science Agonizes Over Tarnished Image
April 8, 2018
Most individual scientists do honorable work, but Big Science cannot sustain its public image of reliability any longer. Things must change.
Corrupt Peer Review Needs a Reformation
October 16, 2017
The ostensible gold standard of scientific reliability, peer review, looks more like fool's gold in many cases. Reforming it will require an overhaul, not just corrections.