Education Science

Scientists often don’t know what they’re talking about

When reading the following, remember that string theory is taught and discussed in physics courses. Also ask yourself whether Gross’s criticisms apply to evolutionary theory — is it “missing something absolutely fundamental”? Nobel laureate admits string theory is in trouble 10 December 2005 http://www.newscientist.com/channel/fundamentals/mg18825293.700.html “WE DON’T know what we are talking about.” That was Nobel Read More…

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“The History of Noise”

[From an engineering colleague:] “This paper gives a nice historical perspective on the development of the theory of noise, from its origins with Brownian motion. It also has some amusing quotes from prominent scientists of the last century denying the existence of atoms with a certainty that can only be matched by today’s Darwinists denying Read More…

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Confidence in the solvability of currently unsolved scientific problems

[From a philosopher colleague:] I am visiting Harvard, and I was reading the conservative student paper here, and came across an interesting quote from from Richard Wrangham, a biologist, on the gaps in science that Intelligent Design theorists point to: “Given that everything we know about science gives us confidence that these details either have Read More…

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If only people knew more science . . .

Concerning Nicholas Kristof’s NYTimes Op-Ed that appeared yesterday: [From a colleague:] It is ironic that Mr. Kristoff chose to convey his disdain for the humanities by employing language rather than statistics or flow charts. He writes that the officers of the Third Reich were steeped in Kant and Goethe,” but they were also whizzes in Read More…

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Becoming an Intelligent Consumer of Scientific Information

Thomas Lessl: Science and Rhetoric Interviewed by Paul Newall http://www.galilean-library.org/lessl.html Thomas Lessl is Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. His work involves the rhetoric of science, looking in particular at the meeting of science with the public sphere. I was fortunate enough to be able to ask him Read More…

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Noam Chomsky — If your taste for iconoclasm extends only so far

The following conflation of intelligent design and global warming is unworthy of Chomsky the scholar (as opposed to Chomsky the activist). Chomsky uncritically takes as the definition of ID what he has read in the popular press. It might interest readers of this blog to know that I hold in my files a note (dated Read More…

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Statement from the John Templeton Foundation

Intelligent Design: Official statement on false and misleading information published in the Wall Street Journal today.* By Charles L. Harper, Jr., Senior Vice President, John Templeton Foundation. *[Monday November 14th, 2005. Article by Daniel Golden: At Some Colleges, Classes Questioning Evolution Take Hold.] Today the WSJ ran a front page story mentioning the John Templeton Read More…

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What Counts as a Plausible Scientific Theory?

[From a colleague:] The way a scientific theory gets empirically established is not by showing that the evidence requires that precise theory. That is an impossible task–there are always infinitely many theories that fit the data. Rather, it gets established through showing that the evidence discredits the main alternative theories but does not discredit this Read More…