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When science deniers turn to science

Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of … Continue reading

The science and politics of climate change

Michael Mann: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars – TAM 2013. Have a look at this video for an excellent description of the history and science of climate change. It’s presented by one of the central figures. Michael Mann … Continue reading

“Creative” reporting of fluoridation science

I am all for genuine creativity in science, and elsewhere. But some people seem to think anything goes when the are promoting their ideology or political views. Again and again I come across campaigners , especially in areas like “natural” … Continue reading

Science and faith

I am spending some time dealing with family business so I am reposting some of my past book reviews over the next few days. These could be useful with Christmas coming up. Victor Stenger has a very useful series of … Continue reading

Historians and sociologists lecture scientists – about science

Popular science presenters like Brian Cox are sometimes criticised by colleagues suffering from a bit of professional jealousy – although it’s a lot better than in the old days. I think most scientists today recognise the need for good science … Continue reading

Christmas present for nerds – what about science books?

Every family has members who enjoy reading non-fiction. And often they particularly enjoy science books. So there’s an idea for Christmas presents. Fortunately, this weeks announcement of the Royal Society’s Winton Prize for Science Books presents some excellent choices for … Continue reading

High Court ruled on integrity – not science

There is a lot of local internet debate about the High Court decision on the Judicial Review of NIWA’s New Zealand temperature record. Some of it is poorly informed as it assumes that the Judge ruled on the correctness of … Continue reading

The science philosophy “conflict”

I don’t know if it is physics envy or philosophy envy but scientists and philosophers do seem to snipe at each other a bit. Usually it is a philosopher criticising scientists, but often for dismissive comments about philosophy the scientist … Continue reading

Science and the folly of faith

Book Review: God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion by Victor Stenger. Price: US13.46; NZ$22.60 Paperback: 408 pages Publisher: Prometheus Books; Original edition (April 24, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1616145994 ISBN-13: 978-1616145996 Victor Stenger wrote … Continue reading

“Good faith” science – and its enemies

Book review: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines by Michael E. Mann Price: US$18.22; Kindle US$9.99; NZ$33.34 Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 6, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 023115254X ISBN-13: 978-0231152549 Most … Continue reading