New articles in Science: science education

Stephanie Zvan on hard science and harder science. read

Sabine Hüssenfelder” String theory might merge with the other theory of everyting. read

John Cleese on the importance of making mistakes (1988). read

Michael Graziano: Consciousness is the brain describing itself — to itself. read

Teacher Corps for Evolutionary Science (TIES). read

Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) on the Confidence Game and how we are susceptible to deception. read

New articles in Science: science education

Reproducibility Study of psychology studies very depressing. read

Natalie Wolchover: Munich conference: Physicists need Philosophers. read

Jerry Coyne criticizes David Sloan Wilson. read

Melissa Dahl: Comments on psychology of creativity. read

Top 25 science stories of 2015. read

Jan A. Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams: Five arguments supporting the new Anthropocene Era. read

Carl Sagan’s BBC Christmas lectures (1977). watch

New articles in Science: science education

Paul Churchland rev. Richard Rorty, Mind, Language, and Mretaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers. read

Paul Bloom on how science differs from faith. “There are many religious views that are not the product of common-sense ways of seeing the world. Consider the story of Adam and Eve, or the virgin birth of Christ, or Muhammad ascending to heaven on a winged horse. These are not the product of innate biases. They are learned, and, more surprisingly, they are learned in a special way. …. People defer to authorities not just to the truth of the religious beliefs, but their meaning as well. In a recent article, the philosopher Neil Van Leeuwen calls these sorts of mental states “credences,” and he notes that they have a moral component. We believe that we should accept them, and that others—at least those who belong to our family and community—should accept them as well.” read

Lawrence Krauss at 70th anniversary of Bull. of Atomic Scientists. “…we live in a world where there are few filters to separate scientific sense from nonsense.” As Oppenheimer said in 1951: “We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to enquire. We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption..” “A civilization governed and driven by ideology and myth demeans the experience of being human, holds back children and adults alike from developing their full potential.” read

Tim Lewens: The Meaning of Science rev. by Julian Baggini. read

New articles in Science: science education

Adam Gopnik on qauntum physics and our understanding of science.”A good science writer has to show us the fallible men and women who made the theory, and then show us why, after the human foibles are boiled off, the theory remains reliable.” read

Comparative brain studies of humans and chimps show that human brain excels in being sensitive to external stimuli. read