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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

Belief not the same as truth

Going through some of notes (scraps of paper all over the place) I came across these jottings: “To believe in something because it’s true does not come naturally to people.” and “Subordination of belief to what is true is not … Continue reading

Meditating on one’s own beliefs

How often do we critically assess our own beliefs? We usually run a critical eye over the beliefs of others, beliefs we disagree with. But with our own beliefs we are more likely to only consider arguments justifying the belief. … Continue reading

Belief – a curse?

On Saturday, Kim Hill had a great interview with David Penny, Research Director of the Alan Wilson Centre at Massey University. It’s available for download from the Radio NZ website as an MP3 file for a few weeks I liked … Continue reading

Religious belief and age

The recent survey commissioned by the Bible Society (Bible Engagement in New Zealand) provides some interesting information on the distribution of belief by age. The survey asked the question “would you describe yourself as a Christian?” It didn’t attempt to … 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

¶ Trends in religious belief in New Zealand

The results of the 2006 census were of concern to some New Zealand Christians because they showed that their religion (with 51% share) was barely holding on to their previous majority of adherents. Of even more concern was the trend … Continue reading

Opponents of fluoridation all at sea with new legislation

Opponents of community water fluoridation (CWF) should be supporting the proposed fluoridation legislation instead of organising opposition to it. Think about it. If Fluoride Free NZ (FFNZ) was honest in its claim that they are “New Zealand’s leading advocate for … Continue reading

I don’t “believe” in science – and neither should you

I cringe every time I read an advocate of science asserting they “believe in science.” Yes, I know they may be responding to an assertion made by supporters of religion or pseudoscience. But “belief” is the wrong word because it … Continue reading

Hyping it up over fluoridation

In my time as a scientific researcher, honest scientists used to condemn colleagues who over-hyped their science. To our mind there should have been a special place in hell for scientists who misrepresented their findings or dishonestly described their significance. … Continue reading