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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…

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“The Great Debate” — Scott & Trefil vs. Sisson & Dembski

“Should public schools teach Intelligent Design along with Evolution?” http://www.bu.edu/com/greatdebate Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tsai Performance Center, Boston University 685 Commonwealth Avenue Visit this page to view a live webcast of the debate: http://realserver.bu.edu:8080/ramgen/encoder/greatdebate.rm The Debate Participants: Affirmative Edward H. Sisson, Esq. Partner, Arnold and Porter, Washington, D.C. Mr. Sisson advised witnesses at Read More…