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Scientific knowledge – reliable but not certain

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

What’s special about religious “knowledge?”

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

The joys of eBook readers – the Sony PRS-650 Touch

Well, I finally succumbed and got myself an eBook Reader. I am certainly not one of those who take up new technology early. Mind you, eBook Readers have been in New Zealand only since last May, so I do feel … Continue reading

Some book ideas

That time of the year is upon us. The time when we start considering what books to buy – whether as presents for friend and family, or for our own amusement or education during the holiday break. So I thought … Continue reading

The Bible – a book review

I know you generally can’t rely on the book reviews on Amazon. But sometimes they can be humorous. I came across some funny examples  in the reviews for The Holy Bible King James Version Here’s one from Todd W. Hemphill: … Continue reading

Belief, knowledge and science

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

“Knowledge” from ignorance

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

The wedge undermines Christianity

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

Scientific knowledge – not “just a belief!”

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 other belief. That non-scientific beliefs should be given the same status … Continue reading

Religious attitudes to knowledge

I have been vaguely aware of a mild controversy around the newly-released film The Golden Compass but didn’t pay much attention until I heard an interview with with Philip Pullman, the author of the book the film is based on. … Continue reading