Multiverse

What should the ID proponent do with multiverse speculations? Embrace them.

Multiverse speculations routinely take a beating on Uncommon Descent for various reasons – the lack of falsifiability, the entirely speculative nature, the near complete lack of scientific evidence. All, in my view, quite good reasons to reject it all. But I think ID proponents are missing the boat by reacting to multiverse speculations so negatively. […]

Intelligent Design

Popular Science shuts down comments, citing the presence of dissent from the scientific consensus

Popular Science’s online arm has just shut down its comments section. Guess why? A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for […]

Science

Opposition to Fetal Stem Cell Experimentation Encouraged Nobel-quality Science

One of the common complaints about Intelligent Design is that it’s a science stopper. Something about how the idea that the conviction that intelligent agents are have produced extraordinarily advanced technology will discourage intelligent agents from producing extraordinarily advanced technology. With that in mind, I thought it’d be worth focusing on a recent, if not […]

Intelligent Design

Steve Fuller in ID & Philosophy News

UD regular Gregory asked me to pass this on. A collection of quotations on ‘intelligent design’ by American-British philosopher and sociologist of science and invited Dover Trial witness Steve Fuller from the past 7 years has not long ago been published here: http://social-epistemology.com/2012/05/06/gregory-sandstrom-in-steve-fullers-words-intelligent-design/ If Uncommon Descent blog would wish to discuss these things I (Gregory) […]

Philosophy Science Science, worldview issues/foundations and society

Is Killing Scientists to Stop Their Research a Threat to Science?

I know – the answer seems obvious. But let’s put this in context. Iranian scientists are being killed, apparently in connection to their research on nuclear power. I’ll add that their deaths can’t reasonably be chalked up to collateral damage – say, someone blowing up a facility and a scientist ends up caught in the […]