Research Terminology Explained

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Converting to the Scientific Method

I saw this cartoon on Facebook. I have never encountered anyone who tried to win people to the scientific method this way. But it does raise the question of how we should spread the good news about our ever-improving understanding of the world through the application of science. Sometimes it is something one is brought [Read More...]

Two Kinds of Truth

I came across the above quote from Raymond Chandler on Pinterest. It seems to me that a lot of controversy in our time is generated by people who mistake the one for the other. [Read more...]

Cosmos Episode 2: Survival of the Friendliest

I am almost two weeks behind in my watching of and blogging about Cosmos. The second episode does a great job of introducing evolution, beginning with the shift from natural to artificial selection that turned wolves into dogs. DNA is depicted visually in a way that some have not appreciated, but who knows what a [Read More...]

Creationism in Proverbs

It is a symptom of the fact that I spend so much time addressing pseudoscience that, when I saw the article in the New York Times about discoveries in Brazil that may challenge previous conclusion concerning human migration to the Americas, my first thought was about how young-earth creationists will react to the news. I [Read More...]

Nuance Needed

Jason Rosenhouse posted on the series Cosmos and some reactions to it. In it, he complains about what he calls “the script,” an emphasis that the conflict model of the view of the relationship between religion and science is not the only or even the predominant one, historically speaking. He writes: “Prior to reading any [Read More...]

Please Stop Lying in Jesus’ Name

Hemant Mehta shared some images that it is horrifying to think that a public school science teacher gave to children. The content, scientifically speaking, is absolute garbage. But even worse and more disturbing than that, in my opinion, are the false religious claims. Look at this image: Let’s work through those lies one by one, [Read More...]

Denying What You Don’t Understand

The quote from Hemant Mehta in the image above comes from a post of his, discussing how young-earth creationists reacted to the announcement yesterday that ripples of gravitational waves from cosmic inflation soon after the Big Bang had been detected and confirmed. It is ironic that anti-science creationists now oppose a scientific view which atheists [Read More...]

The Message of Cosmos

The rebooted series Cosmos, featuring Neil de Grasse Tyson, has sparked a lot of discussion about religion as well as science. I finally managed to watch the first episode while eating my lunch today. The message of the series Cosmos? Surely a major component is that we cannot explore our place is the universe without [Read More...]

Which is More Damaging?

Steve Caruso shared the above, in which he combined two images he found online, each trying to suggest that their worldview is affirming of human beings and gives meaning, while the other supposedly does the opposite. I think he is right that the very act of pretending that only one’s own worldview is meaningful, and [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Observational Science

A commenter suggested not long after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate that even Ken Ham’s attempt to retreat into so-called “observational science” does not do him any favors. The Bible’s statements are at odds not merely with reconstructed history of the unfolding of astronomical, geological, and biological processes, but with what we can [Read More...]


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