Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Cosmology Science

In science, you can consistently get it wrong and still keep your job?

How’d that work out at a used car lot? In “Wrong Again: Planetologists Embarrassed” (Creation-Evolution Headlines, June 23, 2011), Dave Coppedge comments on getting it wrong about planets: In most careers, being wrong too often is grounds for dismissal. False prophets in ancient kingdoms were stoned or shamed out of town. Only in science, it […]

Science

Big Euro research fraud: More and more science today resembles the medieval trade in fake relics.

In Nature News, we learn: “Europe tackles huge fraud: Regulators scramble to recover millions of euros awarded to fake research projects.” (Quririn Shiermeier, 14 June 2011): talian authorities and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in Brussels, Belgium, have confirmed that they are prosecuting members of a large network accused of pocketing more than €50 million […]

Intellectual freedom Mathematics

Why the second law of thermodynamics really is a threat to Darwinist tenure

Granville Sewell, math prof, satirist of silly ideas, and apology recipient (from math journal), has this to say about Darwinists’ attempt to rescue their theory from the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Organization always decrees, left to itself. Anyone who has made such an argument is familiar with the standard reply: the Earth is an open […]

Intellectual freedom

Intellectual freedom: Him now, you next

Unless, of course, it’s okay that bureaucrats and social engineers do your thinking for you … in which case, you won’t be next, you’ll just be toothpaste. “In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech” (The Wall Street Journal June 24, 2011) Geert Wilders speaks out on an issue of critical importance to the intelligent designcommunity: free thought: […]

Human evolution

Evolution of human reason: Could we try getting the horse to pull the cart instead?

In “Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory,” Hugo Merciera and Dan Sperbera argue (loaded word, that!) for a theory about how argument evolved: Reasoning is generally seen as a means to improve knowledge and make better decisions. However, much evidence shows that reasoning often leads to epistemic distortions and poor decisions. This […]

Intelligent Design

It doesn’t matter whether you like David Brooks’ “Social Animal”; your moral and intellectual superiors do

And that’s what matters. Every Darwin myth you’ve ever heard is crammed into David Brooks’ recent happy face novel., The Social Animal (Even so, P.Z. Myers didn’t like it.) But, the curious thing is, notes John Gray in “Mr. Brooks’s Miracle Elixir”, is who did like it: DAVID BROOKS is not the first contributor to […]

Evolutionary psychology

Paul Bloom, on the recent spate of “evil” books

Books trying to explain evil scientifically, that is. In “I’m O.K., You’re a Psychopath,” he makes a good point: People with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, Baron-Cohen argues, are also empathy-deficient, though he calls them “Zero-Positive.” They differ from psychopaths and the like because they possess a special gift for systemizing; they can “set aside the […]

Darwinism Evolution Intelligent Design

Rapid evolution can save threatened species, researcher concludes

In “Evolution to the Rescue: Species May Adapt Quickly to Rapid Environmental Change, Yeast Study Shows” (ScienceDaily, June 23, 2011), we learn: … according to McGill biology professor, Andrew Gonzalez, the question arises, “Can evolution happen quickly enough to help a species survive?” The answer, according to his most recent study, published in Science, is […]

Science

They were so ignorant back in the Middle Ages that they just talked a lot about God and didn’t do any experiments … right?

Every loudmouth on Airhead TV knows that for a certainty without any background whatever. For the record, … the actual record of scientific methodological practice in the Middle Ages shows this to be false. Ptolemy (c.90–168) was extensively involved in astronomical observation and optical experimentation.The Alexandrian Christian platonist philosopher John Philoponus (c.490–570) performed imprecise experiments […]