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…]

Biblical Scholars Fighting Creationism

Hector Avalos has a new article in The Bible and Interpretation about the need for Biblical scholars to be involved in fighting creationism. Here’s a sample: Scientists are not trained to recognize how creationists are distorting biblical texts. Thus, Jerry Coyne’s Faith v. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (2015) does an excellent job of explaining scientific theory [Read More…]

I’ve Done My “Research”

From time to time I’ve had a commenter repeatedly copy and paste at length from online sources. In the most recent instance, the sources were credited, and so it wasn’t a case of plagiarism. But that doesn’t make the comments convincing – and that is for much the same reason that student papers which are a [Read More…]

Whose Fault Is It?

The Facebook page Science and Scripture has been making and sharing a number of interesting images. This one nicely sums up an important point about the false antithesis between Christianity and science, and the falsehoods about science, that young-earth creationists peddle. They tell people they have to choose between the Bible and science, and then they [Read More…]

Theoretical Cosmoses and Historical Jesuses

I almost opted for the alternative plural forms of both words in the title of this post – “Theoretical Cosmoi and Historical Jesi.” Just in case anyone was wondering. But I figured it was better to have the words in the title be recognizable. I am constantly surprised when mythicists regard the number of theories about the [Read More…]

Approaching Failure Scientifically

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Misunderstanding Peer Review

Dudley Chapman has written a really helpful blog post, addressing a popular misunderstanding about peer review – and thus also the way some have misunderstood the significance of retractions and other such things that have been in the news lately. Click through to read it. Of related interest, the New York Times just featured an article [Read More…]

The One True Religion, With Evidence

IO9 shared the above comic, depicting a future in which people have found a way to exploit a religious loophole in laws regarding medical ethics. It is OK to make exceptions for sincerely-held religious beliefs. Well, what if someone finds a way to foster certain beliefs, in the interest of scientific advancement…and profit? If you like the [Read More…]

Science Saints

A while back, Nerdist shared some stained-glass images of scientists. I think the depiction is worth reflecting on. Are scientists the saints of the modern era? In your opinion, is the contribution of scientists greater than, comparable to, or beneath the contribution of people whose lives were characterized not by discoveries about the natural world, but [Read More…]

A Textbook Case of Addiction

Or should that be “a case of textbook addiction”? From the webcomic series Cyanide and Happiness.   [Read more…]