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Some readers may be familiar with the “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” petition organised by the Discovery Institute. It’s a classic example of trying to decide science by petition. The petition still gets trundled out by creationists attempting to “prove’ that … Continue reading
I have listened to a few discussions on the Christian Radio Rhema recently. Unusual for me, I know, but I have followed the current controversy around the problem of religious instruction in New Zealand public schools. This issue has been … Continue reading
I find attempts to describe the scientific method in simple terms less and less convincing. And this goes for attempts by both supporters of science, and those who oppose science. In reality science is a messy process and simple algorithmic … Continue reading
Jerry Coyne, over at Why Evolution is True, has repeated a challenge (see Once again: does religion produce knowledge?). He does this after renewing once again his argument that religion as a “way of knowing” is an illusion. This was … Continue reading
Here is Marc Hauser’s response to the charge of scientific misconduct (from USA Today Updated: Harvard says Marc Hauser guilty of science misconduct). Hopefully we are seeing an example of science correcting itself. I am deeply sorry for the problems … Continue reading
Occasionally we have debates here about the “limits of science,” “other ways of knowing,” and the old “scientism” label. Recently these issues have received a bit of coverage in a series of articles at the Guardian. These have been responses … Continue reading
This is a repeat of a post from 18 months back: A pernicious feature of current attacks on science is the promulgation of the idea that scientific knowledge is “just a belief.” That it has no more validity than any … Continue reading
Recently, I came across the very relevant statement in a paper I was reading: “Ignorance cannot support a knowledge claim of any sort except perhaps for the trivial claim that we simply do not know.” I think this is something … Continue reading
Because of the summer solstice/New Year holidays I am reposting some older articles. This one from last May. Back in 1999 Phillip E. Johnson, the godfather of intelligent design (ID), declared a strategy of labeling evolutionary science, and therefore by … Continue reading