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Crazy ideas and “supernatural” phenomena

Credit: xkcd I like this little list because it demonstrates that science doesn’t reject far out ideas, just because they are far out. The decision is made on evidence. Relativity and quantum electrodynamics are far out as far as those … Continue reading

Naturalism in science

Have a look at the short (10 min) presentation. I think it explains the scientific approach (in contrast to the religious approach) very well. It’s Sean Carroll’s opening statement from the The Great Debate: Science vs. Religion. You don’t usually … Continue reading

Theistic science? No such thing

I came across this interesting observation in Elaine  Howard Eckland’s book  Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think: “believers did not consider their traditions and beliefs influential on how they conducted their research. None of the religious scientists I talked … Continue reading

Making room for faith in science?

Book review: Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science by Michael Ruse Price: US$18.57; NZ$79.97 Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 8, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0521755948 ISBN-13: 978-0521755948 Unfortunately this … Continue reading

The “supernatural” and dogmatism in science

Another post repeated from 18 months ago: Do scientists ever concern themselves over terms like ‘materialist,’ ‘natural,’ or ‘supernatural’? I don’t think so – at least those scientists working at the coal face. I have never heard any scientist posing … Continue reading

Scientific method and the “supernatural”

This is a repeat of a post from over 2 years ago: Richard Dawkins TV series Enemies of Reason has caused some discussion about the relationship of science to the supernatural. This also comes up in discussions of the nature … Continue reading

Atrocious Science Clichés

This article from Wired (5 Atrocious Science Clichés to Throw Down a Black Hole) describes a couple of clichéd terms which sometimes creep into science writing. I can also suggest some others that have crept into the more political writing … Continue reading

Defining natural and supernatural

I get frustrated with those who talk about “naturalism”, the “supernatural”, “materialism”, etc., without defining their terms. And this goes for both the supporters and opponents of science. Why talk about “methodological materialism” and “metaphysical materialism” if you don’t, first, … Continue reading

Dogmatism of the “supernatural”

Because of the summer solstice/New Year holidays I am reposting some older articles. This one from last June. Do scientists ever concern themselves over terms like ‘materialist,’ ‘natural,’ or ‘supernatural’? I don’t think so – at least those scientists working … Continue reading

Trusting science

I came across an interesting post on the Saganist bog. Entitled Why I trust science it is a response to a discussion between a ‘philosophical naturalist’ and Christian radio hosts. The discussion was mainly around how we acquire knowledge so … Continue reading