Pics or it Didn’t Happen

Jerry Coyne recently shared this image: To the image itself, one could simply respond with this: But Coyne added enough of a disclaimer to indicate that he recognized there was a problem-  albeit an inadequate and problematic disclaimer that itself conveys the impression that he didn’t fully grasp the issues. He wrote: Of course “pics” here means [Read More…]

As Time Goes By

Here’s the audio recording from the recent ArtsFest event that I participated in together with physicist Brian Murphy. [Read more…]

Religion and Science are Compatible: Just Ask Galileo

Pictoral Theology posted the image above, and I’m not surprised that Jerry Coyne thought highly of it. But both the creation and the approval indicate a disappointing level of misinformation about Galileo. Galileo was a devout religious person whose whole life and activity embody the compatibility of religion and science. He also embodied the same kind [Read More…]

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…]

Trump Research

“If Donald Trump was a scientist” was created by Matt Crawford and shared on Facebook. Hope you enjoyed it! [Read more…]

Science-Denier Bingo

See also Ted Herrlich’s post specifically on the Discovery Institute’s climate change denial.   [Read more…]

Science, the James Ossuary, and the Talpiot Tomb

I’m not sure if there are new posts or reposts of older material. But James Tabor has been revisiting a lot of topics related to the James Ossuary and the Talpiot Tomb on his blog. One post tried to provide a comprehensive overview of the evidence as he sees it. Two posts focus on what [Read More…]

Anti-Evolutionism as Stumbling Block

This came to my attention via the Facebook page Science Meets Faith, and I thought it worth sharing here. “I am a Christian and recognize that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming. It is a discovery, much like Copernicus’ theory of heliocentricity, Newton’s theory of gravity and Einstein’s theories of relativity, and definitely not a [Read More…]

Methodological Atheism and Agnosticism in the Study of Religion

Academic study focuses on the world of cause and effect, on evidence and probability. And so there has been much discussion of methodological naturalism in the sciences, at least among those who are disgruntled by the fact that the sciences don’t make room for God or provide evidence for God. The same discussion can be [Read More…]

Heliocentrist Propaganda

Here’s another problematic image I came across on Facebook. It was accompanied by the statement, “Heliocentrism is not necessarily the only perspective, but it is certainly the simpler one. When explanatory power is equivalent, simplicity is a powerful deciding factor.” Can you see what is wrong with the picture? Here’s what I wrote in a [Read More…]