New articles in Science: science education

New chimp studies show a strong preference for cooperation over competition. read

Daniel Toker: Is Populism a Threat to Science? read

Dan Saltzstein: Sorry, Mom and Dad: You’re Not So Important After All. read

World’s Smartest Physicist Thinks Science Can’t Crack Consciousness. 1String theorist Edward Witten says consciousness “will remain a mystery.” read

Jay Cornett: Transhumanism, Techno-Optimism: The World’s Transformation Since the Industrial Revolution. read

New articles in Science: science education

400 yo shark. read

“Cognitive offloading.” New study on internet usage as it affects human memory. read

Muslim Anxiety Syndrome described by Gleb Tsipursky. read

Barbara King on reactions to her critique of the Ark. read

Alistair Fraser on srreet gangs around the world. read

Daniel Sarewitz on Saving Science. Vannevar Bush’s important role, but…”Advancing according to its own logic, much of science has lost sight of the better world it is supposed to help create. Shielded from accountability to anything outside of itself, the “free play of free intellects” begins to seem like little more than a cover for indifference and irresponsibility. The tragic irony here is that the stunted imagination of mainstream science is a consequence of the very autonomy that scientists insist is the key to their success. Only through direct engagement with the real world can science free itself to rediscover the path toward truth.” read

Jacob Haqq-Misra on Inquisition’s judgement of Galileo. “We know that Galileo’s ideas were correct, yet the best science of the 17th century tended to favor a universe with Earth at its center. Did the Inquisition rely too heavily on theology, or did its perpetrators instead judge Galileo according to the scientific standards of their day? In other words: Did the Inquisition get it right? he words of this statement (written in Latin) have been accurately preserved in historical accounts, but a peculiar issue with punctuation suggests both scientific and religious reasons for implicating Galileo. A semicolon separates the clause about philosophy from the next about heresy; sometimes this appears as a comma, and other times the punctuation mark is omitted entirely. The difference is critical (in the original Latin as well): Did the inquisitor’s consultants charge Galileo for separate scientific and theological objections, or is the objection regarding philosophy simply a parallel statement about heresy? ….Scientific ideas are difficult to suppress. We should always be mindful of science as a tool to expose the weaknesses of inference, legend, and superstition when unmatched by careful observation. At the same time, we must also be credulous of allegations of institutional conspiracy.” read

New articles in Science: science education

New study on human wiring leaning toward selflessness. read

Conspiracy Theorists. Rob Brotherton’s new book shows that these are universal. “Through a study of human psychology, “Suspicious Minds” suggests that we’re all conspiracy theorists—some of us just hide it better than others…..Our understanding of the world, in short, is an illusion.” Overstated! If we are all equally “gullible,” where does science , testing, evidence figure in?” read

New articles in Science: science education

Glenn Geher: Evolutionary psychology and religion. read

Steven Cave: Free will is non-existent but we are better off by believing in it. “President Obama—who has both defended “a faith in free will” and argued that we are not the sole architects of our fortune—has had to learn what a fine line this is to tread. Yet it might be what we need to rescue the American dream—and indeed, many of our ideas about civilization, the world over—in the scientific age.” read