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Science and Its Skeptics : The New Yorker
"At the same time, it is facile to dismiss science itself. The most careful scientists, and the best science journalists, realize that all science is provisional. There will always be things that we haven’t figured out yet, and even some that we get wrong. But science is not just about conclusions, which are occasionally incorrect. It’s about a methodology for investigation, which includes, at its core, a relentless drive towards questioning that which came before. You can both love science and question it. As my father, who passed away earlier this year, taught me, there is no contradiction between the two."
science  skepticism  reproduction  public-understanding 
november 2013 by tsuomela
What Karl Marx and George Bush Have In Common | The Proverbial Skeptic | Big Think
"Popper's paper is called Conjectures and Refutations. In it, he put forth the now nearly ubiquitously accepted theory that science is science in so far as it adheres to "principles of falsification""
philosophy  history  popular  vulgarization  skepticism 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Irresponsible Skepticism: Lessons Learned From the Climate Disinformation Campaign - Climate Ethics
"This is the fourth and last entry in a series that has examined the climate change disinformation campaign as an ethical matter. The purpose of this series has been to distinguish between responsible scientific skepticism, an approach to climate change science that should be encouraged, and the tactics of the climate change disinformation campaign, strategies deployed to undermine mainstream climate change science that are often deeply ethically offensive. "
climate-change  climate  science  denial  ethics  skepticism  disinformation  agnotology  ignorance  propaganda 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Gambling Save Science?
Academics are trustees of one of our greatest resources – the accumulated abstract knowledge of our ancestors. Academics appear to spend most of their time trying to add to that knowledge, and such effort is mostly empirical – seeking new interesting data. Alas, for the purpose of intellectual progress, most of that effort is wasted. And one of the main wastes is academics being too gullible about their and allies’ findings, and too skeptical about rivals’ findings.
academia  academic  bias  confirmation-bias  gullibility  skepticism  prediction  markets 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Improbability Pump
Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth"; Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini "What Darwin Got Wrong"
book  review  evolution  biology  science  creationism  skepticism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Science Warriors' Ego Trips - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Critical review of science boosterism "..the latest of a now common genre of science patriotism, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science From Bunk (University of Chicago Press), by Massimo Pigliucci"
book  review  science  skepticism  attitude  denial  scientism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Home page - Science of Scams
We have released 7 hoax videos which appear to demonstrate paranormal phenomena. In fact they're all based upon real scientific principles. Over the past few months this hoax footage has been posted all over the internet in an attempt to find out if people would either accept it as genuine or question it in an attempt to discover the real truth.
brown  derren  magic  skepticism  hoax  psychology  scams  critical-thinking 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Ancient Greek Skepticism [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Although all skeptics in some way cast doubt on our ability to gain knowledge of the world, the term “skeptic” actually covers a wide range of attitudes and positions. There are skeptical elements in the views of many Greek philosophers, but the term “ancient skeptic” is generally applied either to a member of Plato’s Academy during its skeptical period (c. 273 B.C.E to 1st century B.C.E.) or to a follower of Pyrrho (c. 365 to 270 B.C.E.). Pyrrhonian skepticism flourished from Aenesidemus’ revival (1st century B.C.E.) to Sextus Empiricus, who lived sometime in the 2nd or 3rd centuries C.E. Thus the two main varieties of ancient skepticism: Academic and Pyrrhonian.
philosophy  skepticism  ancient  epistemology  knowledge  certainty  belief  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Skepticism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Much of epistemology has arisen either in defense of or in opposition to various forms of skepticism. Indeed, one could classify various theories of knowledge by their responses to skepticism. For example, rationalists could be viewed as skeptical about the possibility of empirical knowledge while not being skeptical with regard to a priori knowledge and empiricists could be seen as skeptical about the possibility of a priori knowledge but not so with regard to empirical knowledge. In addition, many traditional problems, for example the problem of other minds or the problem of our knowledge of God's existence, can be seen as restricted forms of skepticism which hold that we cannot have knowledge of any propositions in some particular domain thought to be within our ken.
philosophy  skepticism  contemporary  epistemology  knowledge  certainty  belief 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Rise of Megaregions | The American Prospect
The promoters of megaregions and modern rail systems seem to have a winning formula, one that offers a fresh conceptualization of the spatial workings of economic growth and is glamorous and high-tech (not to mention, green). To say the least, this formula is politically convenient, given how well it responds to concerns -- magnified by the recession -- about America's economic future.

The time has come for a closer look.
rail  transportation  development  economics  urban  suburbia  history  politics  skepticism  geography 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Unlearning 101: Study Carneades
I have what I call an iron prescription that helps me keep sane when I naturally drift toward preferring one ideology over another and that is: I say that I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the argument against my position better than the people who support it. I think only when I’ve reached that state am I qualified to speak
skepticism  philosophy  debate  dialogue  understanding 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: The Skeptic's Trilemma
Works out three possible responses to Atlantis: explain, worship, ignore. Criticizes simplistic skeptics who immediately choose ignore because talk about Atlantis is silly or a nuisance.
skepticism  rationality  belief  paranormal  explanation  atlantis  about(Plato) 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Philosophy Talk: The Blog: The Place of Scepticism and Sceptical Arguments
"it seems to me that the real question of philosophical interest isn't what to say about the slippery concept of "knowledge" but what to say about rational inquiry and rational belief fixation."
philosophy  epistemology  skepticism  utility  belief 
march 2009 by tsuomela
On the Nature of faith: Part 1 - The Scientist - Richard Grant's blog on Nature Network
Faith, on the other hand, and I might get into a lot of trouble here, isn’t primarily a way of understanding the world. Certainly not the natural one. It is (and I’m concentrating particularly on the Christian faith, so your mileage may vary. I’m also being very careful to talk about ‘faith’ and not ‘religion’) a response to revelation.
faith  religion  science  skepticism 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Skeptical Environmentalist: Case Study in the Manufacture of News (Science and the Media)
By now, most are familiar with the controversy surrounding Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg and the claims made in his book The Skeptical Environmentalist.
environment  skepticism  global-warming  denial  controversy  people-bjornlomborg 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Deltoid: So what's wrong with Lomborg?
[Bjorn Lomborg] managed to present himself as being in the middle ground. Lomborg makes himself look reasonable by saying that he accepts the science, that AGW is occurring, but that it won't be that bad. But what Lomborg really does is cherry pick and systematically misrepresent the science
environment  skepticism  global-warming  people-bjornlomborg 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Touchstone Archives: The Skeptical Inquirer
Unbelievers think that skepticism is their special virtue, the key virtue believers lack. Bolstered by bestselling authors, they see the skeptical and scientific mind as muscular thinking, which the believer has failed to develop. He could bulk up if he
religion  faith  reasoning  science  skepticism  atheism 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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