Philosopher Tries to Defend the Big Science Consensus
September 25, 2022
A philosophy of science professor says we should believe what Big Science says. Are his reasons sound?
How to Deprogram a Scientism Dogmatist
July 11, 2022
There are still people who suffer under illusions of scientism. They need your help.
Social Sciences Flunk Science Test
April 13, 2022
A historian of science confirms: the so-called "social sciences" deserve the criticism they've been getting for decades.
Scientists Were Wrong About Tooth Cavities
December 30, 2021
Cavities are not caused by bad bacteria but by the loss of a complex, well-designed bacterial ecosystem.
Who Decides What Is Misinformation About Science?
April 16, 2021
Can scientists recognize their own fallibility? Must they portray themselves as judges over the public?
Readings in the Philosophy of Science
November 22, 2020
For a lazy Sunday afternoon, try learning some things about what science can and cannot do, and the biases that affect it.
Big Science Shocked At Its Own Cluelessness
November 4, 2020
Major journal blames the public for how out of touch Big Science finds itself.
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 […]
Bad Students Can Be Good Scientists
July 7, 2020
Are we recruiting scientists the wrong way? It takes a lot more talent than the ability to memorize and pass exams.
Antimatter Claim Overblown
April 15, 2020
Talk about taking a 'possibility' to an extreme. Does the universe exist because of a fluke?
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.
Don’t Assume Science and Reality Are Equivalent
December 2, 2019
Scientists and philosophers have questioned for centuries if science is a true reflection of reality. Most just assume it is.
Can Psychology Measure Awe?
October 7, 2018
Psychologists get their hands into everything, but the objectivity of their science is questionable.
Geophysics Not Rock Solid Science
October 1, 2018
With observation, instruments and models, you would think geophysics is hard science.
Scientific Discoveries Can Cast Doubt on Long-Held Beliefs
July 28, 2018
You have to look beneath the surface veneer of bluffing in science news to see how the sausage is made before it gets packaged to the press.