The thinking error at the root of science denial

by Jeremy Shapiro edited by O Society August 8, 2019 Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three issues, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the Trump, lined up against the conclusions of research. This widespread rejection … Continue reading The thinking error at the root of science denial

10 Myths of Science: Reexamining What We Think We Know

by William McComas edited by O Society April 24, 2019 This article addresses and attempts to refute several of the most widespread and enduring misconceptions held by students regarding the enterprise of science. The ten myths discussed include the common notions that theories become laws, that hypotheses are best characterized as educated guesses, and that … Continue reading 10 Myths of Science: Reexamining What We Think We Know

Authority and its Irrelevance

by O Society March 31, 2019 In response to several readers' questions and assertions: A story being in the New York Times is a reason to believe it. So is a story being on Fox News. That’s a reason to believe it. Because your mom or dad said it is a reason to believe it. … Continue reading Authority and its Irrelevance