Brain Science Needs a Rethink
May 18, 2020
Have the sciences of the mind, from psychology to neuroscience, really grasped what's going on inside our skulls?
Cosmologists Cling to Ghosts
December 11, 2018
Dark matter has never been found, but their pet theory needs it. What will secular cosmologists do next?
Science Is Nothing Without Integrity, cont.
November 30, 2018
This entry continues yesterday's news about scientific integrity.
Big Science Failing Integrity Test
November 29, 2018
What happens when the purveyors of knowledge admit they are unreliable?
Natural Sources of Methane Surprise Climate Scientists
November 28, 2018
Methane is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Look where it comes from.
Big Science Pops its Zits
January 5, 2017
If you think institutional science has a smooth complexion, look closer. From every angle, serious blemishes are coming to light.
You Can Trust Scientists (to Be Fallible)
July 5, 2016
With theory overturns like these, one gets to wonder about the privileged status of scientists in our culture.
Origin-of-Life Speculation Goes Off the Rails
October 21, 2015
Astrobiologists and their accomplices in the media are finding life everywhere where it isn't or couldn't be. Time to call in the science rangers.
Reproducibility Crisis in Psychology, and Other Science Woes
September 5, 2015
Here's more evidence that human pride, greed and ambition can get in the way of the ideals of science.
Science Replication: An Ideal in Crisis
November 16, 2014
Journal editors are uniting to confront a crisis of confidence: lack of reproducibility of science results.
Psychology Struggling to Regain Scientific Image
May 22, 2014
In the wake of scandals and replication failures, psychiatry and social psychology are enduring scrutiny some practitioners call an "inquisition" or "bullying".
Remarkable Cell Processes That Keep You Alive
July 27, 2013
Within the factories of molecular machines that run living cells, including those in the human body, processes occur non-stop that are designed to meet every contingency. Here are just a few examples.
Chinks in the Scientific Method
December 29, 2011
V & V. That’s shorthand in project design for “validation and verification.” Does the scientific method provide V & V? We are all taught to think that peer review, publication and replication help science to be self-checking, so as to avoid error. Some recent articles show that ain’t necessarily so. It may sound good in theory, but in practice, the ideal doesn’t always match the real.