New articles in Science: rejection of evolution and its supported sciences

Dan Kahan of Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition project has 2 long essays on belief in evolution, science knowledge, and religion. Among other things, they contend that “belief” promotion is unproductive since it attacks learner’s cultural identity. read read

Ken Ham praises Ray Comfort’s new film attacking evolution. read

Posts below are from May 2012 to January 2013

Science denial. Americans who believe climate shifts signal biblical <end times.>


Ken Morris discusses science-denial members of the House committee on science.


Creationism. Read, distribute, and file this useful list of the 10 key beliefs of creationists. Unbelievable, and usedul.


Watch Paul Broun.


Der Spiegel oublishes an article on Eric Kandel as well as an interview.


Gary Marcus cautions on assuming too much from current neuroscience.


Charles Blow on Republican science denial.


Nicholas Wade discusses Marco Rubio’s bizarre statement about the age of the earth. But Wade needs to do more homework himself on Biblical interpretation.


Neal Lane, former head of NSF, deplores Romney plan to cut science spending.


Watch Al Jazeera‘s  The Stream question Richard Dawkins on religions and science, and respond to questions from around the world. Many common charges against atheism get responses.


National Academies Press has great resources for Shawn Otto’s 2012 Science Debates.


Metanexus. A valuable site (scroll down to Contact and join for their free emails). Current issue deals with Human-Neanderthal interbreeding. The “Message From the Editors” would be a good post for every humanist website. Quite succinctly it shows how scientific knowledge can destroy pseudo-science and the faulty ethics that can flow from it.


Carrie Arnold in Scientific American discusses research on belief perseverance and ways to reduce the prevalence of “diss information.” A daunting task!


Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, who is on the House Science Committee, calls evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory “lies straight from the pit of hell.”,0,4628858.story


Kyle Hill, in a Scientific American blog, discusses different and better ways to communicate biological facts to persons of “creation persuasion.” Since he is referring to almost half the US, we obviously have been doing a poor job with this centerpiece of modern science.


In Atlantic, Robert Wright blames (conjecturally) Dawkins et al. for increase in science denial in other areas such as climate, His update to the post: ”But I do think that if somebody wants to convince a fundamentalist Christian that climate scientists aren’t to be trusted, the Christian’s prior association of scientists like Dawkins with evil makes that job easier.” vs-evolutionists-an-american-story/258384/


Jonah Lehrer on reasons for science denial from neuroscience. “Until we understand why some people believe in science we will never understand why most people don’t.” cortex/2012/06/brain-experiments-why-we-dont-believe- science.htm


Lawrence Krauss- A 4-min video on why science is more liberating and consoling than fables! 9aE&!


Read Dennis Overbye’s anticipations of the fifth World Science Festival, and hope that some or all of it will become available to us in over parts of the world. new-york.html?pagewanted=1&ref=todayspaper


Joseph Henrich’s Edge presentation “How culture drove human evolution.”


Michio Kaku compiles the 10 science videos that we all should watch.


Jack Hassard has a good story on Shawn Otto’s Science Debate in current “The  Art of Teaching Science.”


Science Friday features a discussion with Shawn Otto, David Gergen, and Michael Lublell on why science is a non-issue in this election.


Katha Pollitt on the implications of our steady belief in creationism (and the fact that college grads match the overall populace!). Her Nation article deserves wide circulation.


Trust in science? Whatever term we use, science has been a significant driver of human progress and generator of new and better life values. Thus Razib Khan’s recent empirical critique of a thesis by Robert Wright is important. (It is also a good example of how good social science depends upon standardizing our probe instruments). And it illustrates how much more we can learn as we analyze data with multiple demographic variables.


E. O. Wilson expands his consilience concept in analyzing the emergence of arts and music in human prehistory — and their significance. He contrasts the kinds of innovation in the arts and sciences. “Science grows in a manner not well appreciated by nonscientists: it is guided as much by peer approval as by the truth of its technical claims.”


Chris Mooney continues to track this anti-intellectualism in US society and explore underlying causes. His books are important for humanists. But start with an April 2, 2012 article in Salon that has been widely reprinted >Why the GOP distrusts science<