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Placebo, “Care Effect,” or Something Else?

There is a new article on Wired Magazine’s website that draws my attention to the difference between real science, scientific writing, and pseudo-science masquerading as science. The article is written by Nathanael Johnson, author of a new book entitled All Natural. I haven’t read it yet, but please don’t hold that against me—it’s not going […]

Science, Scientism, Religion, Magick

In a recent post I defined scientism as: “A set of beliefs, focused around a narrow interpretation of materialism, that purports either to be a true defense of “real” science or science per se, but is closer to a type of religion.” For my definition of science I quoted Wikipedia: “an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world.” […]

Why the U.S. Fails in Science Education

I saw a blog by Jerry Coyne which referenced an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In particular there is a chart that shows a surprising percentage of adults who have false beliefs about science: 33% of adults don’t think the Earth goes around the Sun once per year. 49% think that “ordinary” tomatoes don’t have […]