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Do you Trust Atoms?

It’s a play: ‘Trusting Atoms: the Last Trials of Ludwig Boltzmann’, a tragic science play, no less. Locked in a conflict over the existence of atoms, 19th century physics and philosophy become personal, like all other human endeavour. I first … Continue reading

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What is Science?

Common sense is naturally the first component of scientific thought: look about yourself, and the world around you manifests itself as a motionless plane; dropped things always fall down and never up, thus these two directions must necessarily be distinct … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Denialism

[T]here is compelling, comprehensive, and consistent objective evidence that humans are changing the climate in ways that threaten our societies and the ecosystems upon which we depend. Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by … Continue reading

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GM Evidence

So I read this story in the BBC Trust Review… [Kirtana Chandrasekaran] claimed that GM crops are a risk to health (no convincing evidence, after twenty years of study), that they will contaminate other potato varieties (almost all varieties of … Continue reading

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The MMR ‘Debate’

I recently blogged about the MMR so-called “debate”, but thought I would bring it up again because a) it is incredibly incredibly annoying when people don’t look for evidence, listen to evidence when it’s presented, and revive closed debates b) … Continue reading

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BBC Trust Review

The BBC Trust Review of Impartiality and Accuracy of the BBC’s Coverage of Science, July 2011, Independent Assessment by Professor Steve Jones, Imperial College London I have just read this review, and liked it. It’s made some very interesting points … Continue reading

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How far did Social and Religious Factors Influence the Evolution of Mathematical Models of the Universe?

Original ideas about the universe did not consider it as a mathematical model. Anaximander (610-546BC) was the first to propose a mechanical model for the world, envisaging the earth as the flat top surface to a cylindrical platform floating very … Continue reading

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Negative Claims – Ask for Evidence

The Voice of Young Science has recently taken part in an Ask for Evidence open letter campaign addressing the need for supermarkets to correctly inform the public about health risks by reducing advertising on products “free-from” non-harmful hysteria-laden products. You … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Science Again

If you read my post on Standing up for Science, you may be interesting in reviewing some of the evidence yourselves. Take a look at I don’t know what to believe and Peer review: the knuts and bolts.

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The Watchmaker

Have you ever heard the metaphor of the watchmaker? When I was in school, I was introduced to the watchmaker metaphor for proof that god exists. It is basically the babelfish argument: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says … Continue reading

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