Tonight (Thursday Apr. 4) I went to a screening of “The Unbelievers” which was followed by a live Q&A with the stars, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss. The event was held in the UNLV event center (Cox Pavilion) and it was very well attended. Almost all the seats were taken. I wasn’t particularly motivated to […]Read More My Growing Disappointment with the New Atheist Movement: A Review of "The Unbelievers"
IntroductionMy aim here is to talk about some popular misconceptions about what science is, what it does, and how to best interpret scientific findings. First, I will speak in general terms, and finally I will look at how these principles apply to CAM (i.e. complementary and alternative medicine), anti-vaccine, anti-GMO, and pretty much any science […]Read More The Scientific Method Explained and Common Misunderstandings for the Religious and CAM Proponents
Introduction It seems every year I end up writing a post on how to get your fitness on. But there’s a prollem. All the fitness advice in the world doesn’t amount to a thang if’n it ain’t put into practix. So, in this year’s post I’m going to focus on what we know about psychology […]Read More Annual Fitness Advice Post: Using Social Psychology to Your Advantage
Notes and Thoughts on Arguments Concerning Scientific RealismSummarizing quote: “The rigour of science requires that we distinguish well the undraped figure of nature itself from the gay-coloured (heh!heh!he said “gay”) vesture with which we clothe it at our pleasure.”–Heinrich Hertz quoted by Ludwig Boltzmann, in turn quoted by Van Fraassen, in turn quoted by me.PreambleIn […]Read More Realism vs. Anti-Realism 2: Arguments Concerning Scientific Realism by Bas Van Fraassen
Notes and Thoughts on Imre Lakatos’ ‘Science and Pseudoscience’My favourite quote:“But the history of thought shows us that many people were committed to absurd beliefs. If the strength of beliefs were a hallmark of knowledge, we should have to rank some tales about demons, angels, devils, and of heaven and hell and knowledge. Scientist, on […]Read More Thaaaats Not Science: Part 2