The Science of Big Science
Science is getting bigger. Just about every scientific discipline — astronomy, conservation, drug development, genetics, neuroscience, physics — is...0
The Truth is No Stranger Than Fiction When it Comes to Robots
Robots represent the cutting edge in science. For decades we have been promised a bright future in which these...
Welcome to the Age of Denial
IN 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form....
Steven Pinker embraces scientism. Bad move, I think
Steven Pinker has written a long essay in The New Republic embracing scientism. That's really too bad, because this...
Science Is Not Your Enemy
The great thinkers of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment were scientists. Not only did many of them...
Why Study Humanities? What I Tell Engineering Freshmen
What’s the point of the humanities? Of studying philosophy, history, literature and “soft” sciences like psychology and poly sci?...
The philosophy of the Higgs
Many of the great physicists of the 20th century have appreciated the importance of philosophy for science. Einstein, for...
Large Hadron Collider Is Set to Halt for Upgrades
With the discovery of the Higgs boson or something very like it under its belt, the world’s most powerful...
Are We Running Out Of Scientific Geniuses?
Is the world clear out of geniuses? Will we ever have another Copernicus, another Darwin, another Einstein to shatter...
Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful?
Does science have a “beauty” problem? David Orrell, a mathematician and consultant, argues that it does—or, at least, that...