Consensus is Part of the Scholarly Method

An article in Real Clear Science highlighted that consensus-building is part of the scientific method. Alex Bezerow writes: I like to imagine the scientific method as resembling the solar system. The planets, traveling in perfect orbits, represent the pillars of the scientific method: Observations, hypotheses, predictions/experiments, and continuous refinements. What holds all of this together — [Read More…]

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Gravity: Only a Theory

Skeptic magazine published this comic about climate change, gravity, and what pseudoskeptics get wrong when they complain that something is “only a theory.” Since I recently had a troll on the blog claiming to be well-versed in science and yet not understanding what “theory” means in the natural sciences, I thought I ought to share it. [Read more…]

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Five Misconceptions about Evolution

This infographic addresses several widespread misconceptions about evolution in a clear and yet detailed manner, and so I thought it was worth sharing here. [Read more…]

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Putting the Con in Conservative

The God of Evolution Facebook page shared the above image. It reflects the tactic to which the anti-science crowd, and other so-called Biblical literalists, have to resort in their attempt to dupe people. Depending on whether you think the figure on the left is supposed to be Satan, or just a mere human being, the tactic [Read More…]

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Irrelevant to the Outcome of the Story

A while back I came across this image of a conversation on The Big Bang Theory: Today, IO9 linked to a webcomic that makes the same point. They called it “Indiana Jones and the Avoiders of the Lost Ark” but it could easily have been called “Indiana Jones – How It Should Have Ended”: After thinking [Read More…]

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Just A Theory

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“Just a Theory”

Jerry Coyne shared the above video, which features professor Tim White addressing with what a creationist student probably thought was a clever objection. [Read more…]

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Connecting the Dots

In the past couple of days, I came across two sets of images which seem to me to be, shall we say, connected. The first was via George Takei’s page on Facebook: And the second was via Pinterest and Reddit, and explained visually what a theory is in the natural sciences and other academic disciplines: [Read More…]

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Sherlock and Sheldon among the Prophets

I’ve been getting caught up on shows that I ought to have been watching for a while. Both Sherlock and The Big Bang Theory feature main characters who exhibit behaviors and abilities which suggest placement on the autism spectrum – incredible genius in some respects, but also difficulties in social interactions and knowledge that most [Read More…]

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Five Awful Reasons to Teach Creationism in Schools

Jack Wellman has posted five really awful reasons to teach creationism in schools. He doesn’t seem to know that they are awful, and so let me briefly explain. 1) There are no criticisms of evolution: Wellman complains that there are no criticisms of evolution in textbooks even though it is (in scientific technical terminology he [Read More…]

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Jewish Androids

I finally got around to starting to watch The Big Bang Theory recently. It is hilarious! I was surprised by how much treatment of religion there is in the first half of the first season. I particularly liked the treatment of what it would mean to be a Jewish android, including circumcision and powering down [Read More…]

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