End of the War on Science?

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Chris Mooney, writing at Slate, notes that with the passing of the Bush administration, the metaphorical “war on science” (characterized by government promulgation of misinformation, interference with the communication of scientific findings, and wanton disregard for scientific data) comes to an end. The battle, it seems, will continue. This bad news comes at a time […]

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No Mo NOMA?

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In his book Rocks of Ages, Stephen Jay Gould proposed that science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA), in which science covers the empirical realm of fact and theory, while religion addresses questions of morality and meaning. According to Gould, there should be no inherent conflict between science and religion due to their mutual exclusivity. […]

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Communicating the Risks of Climate Change

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A policy forum piece in the 24 October 2008 issue of Science titled Risk Communication on Climate: Mental Models and Mass Balance explores the disconnect between the scientific consensus on climate change and the the public’s seeming complacency on the matter. Author John D. Sterman argues that an effective response to this challenge will be […]

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Palin’s Remarks Fly in the Face of Science

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Via Thnk Progress, another glimpse at the willful ignorance of Sarah Palin, who ridiculed federal spending on research involving Drosophila melanogaster (the fruit fly). Quoting remarks by Palin: Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot […]

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It’s the Faith, Stupid!

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Many freethinkers, especially when congregating in small groups, burn a significant amount of mental oil pondering the improbable fact that millions of seemingly normal people reject mountains of scientific evidence in favor of blind faith. This is especially the case when it comes to the theory of biological evolution by natural selection, which is not […]

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