Scientists Not Always Trained to Be Critical Thinkers
February 19, 2018
A trainer of graduate students at a prestigious university wants to put the Ph back in PhD. Can scientists be good at detail work but dumb at logic? Gundula Bosch thinks so. She directs the R3 Graduate Science Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. In Nature, she says she’s […]
Scientism Fails Another Defense
March 12, 2017
A physicist's latest attempt to justify scientism reveals a deplorable ignorance of history, logic and philosophy of science.
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.