Psychiatry Is Not (Yet) a Science
May 10, 2013
Complaints about a new diagnostic manual show that psychiatry has a long way to go before being considered a legitimate science. That hope might never be fulfilled.
Can We Just Pretend Morality Is Real?
February 1, 2013
A survey experiment showed that people who believe morals are like facts are more charitable than those who consider morals mere subjective opinions.
Evolutionists' Storytelling Addiction
January 23, 2013
For professionals who should be concerned with evidence, many evolutionists are given to rampant speculation. The tipoff is usually a phrase like "may have," "could have," or "conceivably."
Gratitude Is Good for Health
November 22, 2012
For Thanksgiving Day in America, we should realize that gratitude is good for everyone – provided they know what it means.
Is Belief in the Supernatural Universal?
September 3, 2012
Can evolutionists exempt themselves from the uneducated masses who cling to supernatural beliefs?
Can Science Explain Mass Murder?
July 20, 2012
As the carnage of the latest mass murder is being assessed, TV commentators look predictably to psychologists for answers.
Psychologists Go Demonic
July 5, 2012
Delving into Ouija boards, committing fraud... is there anything secular psychologists won't stoop to?
Belief in Hell Lowers Crime
June 20, 2012
A psychologist has determined that belief in hell reduces the crime rate. A finding like this might belong in the "Well, duh" category, but more interesting is the interpretation.
The Science of Atheism
December 6, 2011
Science news sites have recently included some unusual articles: reports about the science of atheism. What can scientists say about atheism without leaving the domain of science altogether?
Psych-Man Fraud Exposed
November 5, 2011
A popular social psychologist in the Netherlands has been exposed of committing “fraud on an astonishing scale,” forging data in dozens of scientific papers for nearly a decade. The exposè doesn’t just destroy his reputation. The fraud will cause “huge damage,” said Susan Fiske, a social psychologist at Princeton University,” because “His work is very central—or was.”
Objectivity of Science Undermined
October 24, 2011
Science has no boast if not objective. It is objectivity that supposedly sets science apart from all other modes of inquiry: following a “scientific method” that guarantees objective truth about the natural world. Results are reported in peer-reviewed journals that weed out mistaken ideas. After publication, other scientists can replicate any published results, making science a self-correcting process that refines its objectivity over time. Most insiders and philosophers know that the picture is highly flawed, but the vision persists that science is objective. Recent articles raise awareness of some of the problems with the portrayal of scientific objectivity.