Links to discussions of science, pseudoscience, and issues
science and faith...
Exposing pseudoscience and "bad"
describing what science is and
- An editorial from
the Kalamazoo Gazette
12, 1998, illustrating a common misunderstanding of how science works
a poor understanding of cosmology - which they criticize).
- Here is my response
to the Kalamazoo Gazette
Viewpoint March 25, 1998.
- The anti-vax
hysteria movement: an example of how ignorance and "woo-ful"
thinking can kill...If you're curious or confused about how
evidence-based medical science differs from belief-based woo, become an
avid reader of these three blogs: Respectful Insolence, Science Based
Medicine, and A Photon
in the Darkness. And don't even think about taking this doctors office
magazine seriously. More
credulous medical reporting in the TV news media.
- Here is another
to the Kalamazoo Gazette,
in part August 2000, in regards to the teaching of Creationism in
- An excellent essay on Distinguishing
Science and Pseudoscience
Strobel's fantastic description of how science works, plus
- The Skeptic's Dictionary Definition of Science
- Astronomer Sten Odenwald describes the
process, while answering a layman's question
- Defining what
by "fact" and "theory"
- Evolution is indeed a scientific theory
- dispelling misinformation about what that really means
- An excellent
essay describing the importance of both theory and data to
in debunking pseudoscience, from the Austin Society to Oppose
Kick Back? An essay on what science has to say about
- A wonderful on-line
book: Science and the Human Prospect
- Your Baloney
Collected Works of astronomer Tim Thompson
- The Alternative
Science Respectability Checklist - written by an active researcher
in theoretical physics, and a list of curricula to master in becoming a Good Theoretical Physicist.
Randomly moving water molecules in the gas phase condense at
sufficiently low temperature to form a snowflake. Zillions of
Kalamazoo, MI every winter
. We understand that this growth of
are the result of the interaction of the electric fields within a
system minimizing its free energy.
for the whole story (with scads of wonderfully beautiful pictures of
Gif animation of time-lapse images by Vicky Tanusheva and physicist Dr.
interaction of force (and quantum) fields within a system minimizing
often accompanied by spontaneous phase transitions, produces the
structure and complexity within our universe, from atoms to clusters of
- Mystified by coincidences? Are
or random? This
is another excellent essay. How well do you think you understand
- Struck by the
are you? Then have a careful look at this link,
and this one which
nicely explains how people (and sometimes even scientists) fool
is a study by astronomers of 70 million American births over a twenty
year period, in acrobat pdf format (1,
is another resource by the education people at the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific. Here
is another study, and yet
- Physicist Alan Sokal's page concerning
his prank pulled on postmodernism; his "paper"
submitted to and accepted for publication in the journal Social Text; his revelation
of the hoax and motivations for pulling it.
- Speaking of which - can you tell the difference between this
nonsense (see also Table
of Contents; this is for real) and this nonsense (look at the
disclaimer near the bottom of the page)? Poe's Law, anyone?
- Here is a dictionary
for those with wooly thinking, and another one of euphemisms
- A nice
essay on understanding the "crank" phenomenon.
- When "debating" cranks you can expect to be bowled-over by
Effect (original journal article, here)
often coupled with the Gish
- Fear of Albert
- Cranks on the net...your
guide to junk "science" as well as links to anti-crank sites
- Donald Simanek's pages
of pseudoscience (much satire and humor)
Are you a quack?
A humorous page from a physicist relating his encounters with
science, and giving a good tutuorial as to how science is really
- Defining "woo-woo".
is an article that illuminates the inanities of the anti-Einstein
crackpots, and illustrates the common threads that weave the the
pattern of anti-science/pseudoscience crankery, from creationism to
UFOism to ... the list is almost endless.
- A once-respected physicist has posted his own picture in the
dictionary next to the word "crackpot"
(it's a mystery of the human mind as to how this happens all too
is an excellent essay on the mistakes in critical thinking that we
are all susceptible to...James Randi, skeptic extraordinaire
- A bunch of links
pseudoscience, paranormal phenomena, and skepticism
- The Fallacy
Files - lots of good stuff here describing fallacies in logic and
- Fallacies -
from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
is another good link listing and explaining faulty thinking
- Bad Astronomy -
and just plain bunk are set straight
- Catching bad
in the act, and the right answers
Investigators: using the method of science to investigate the
strange and mysterious
- Read some
of the editorials by astrophysicist and popular science author
Bob Park at the American
Society tackles pseudoscience nonsense in the news
Astronomical Pseudoscience: A skeptic's
of Mr. Michael Drosnin (author of the Bible Code) is
and then some...and met
- Think we didn't go to the Moon? Think
and yet again,
and it doesn't really hurt to think again.
And why not think again?
Aw, come on, think again! And
we get all of those Moon rocks?
novelist lays it all out in cartoon panels. And let's all laugh
a little at conspiracy "theories".
Con(game)vergence: planetary "alignments"
- Determining Distances
to Astronomical Objects
How geologists determine
age of the Earth & solar system
asked questions and their answers, regarding the Sun's age
Evidence of age from
several simultaneous scientific fronts
More astronomical evidence
of a big, old universe
- A Radiometric Dating
- Another page discussing radiometric dating
- How astronomers determine the age of
Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic
- Are the Earth and
Young? Refutations of Creationist "arguments"
Here is a page refuting
faulty claims from the Institute of Creation Research (a bit
- A webpage
devoted to refuting vacuous claims of rapidly a decaying value of
the speed of light, and another one here.
- (Judge John E. Jones III,
Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District, December 20, 2005)
mainstream scientific responses
to questions on biological evolution and cosmic, earth and human origins
concerning science, evolution, and Creationism
From the journal, Nature, January 2009 - 15
: a succint briefing on why evolution by natural
selection is an empirically validated principle.
A superb journal (requires subscription - libraries often have them)
for learning and teaching of evolutionary biology: Evolution: Education & Outreach.
Your Inner Fish
- a wonderful set of illustrated webpages of evolution.
Evolution's Bottom Line
article touting the the usefulness of successful scientific theories of
web information resource for understanding the scientific theory of
evolution, inspired by Wikipedia and Talk.Origins
: an evolution website for teachers K-12
illustrating the inanity that science finds itself
- A collection of
links to essays concerning the issues of science, evolution,
- A webpage critically
examining the "Intelligent Design" movement
- Antievolutionism and
in the United States
- An excellent
essay discussing the history of and fallacies behind the
"Intelligent Design" movement
wrong with teaching intelligent design in the science classroom?
the science in ID?
- Devolution: Why
- Is Intelligent Design a valid
- An essay
explaining why Intelligent Design hasn't any place within science
links to essays refuting Michael Behe's "Irreducible Complexity"
nonsense, and here
- Two reviews (1,
of Michael Behe's latest inability to see past his self-imposed
"horizon", written by prominent biologists who remain engaged in
- A critical review
Jonathan Wells' Icons of Evolution,
from the NCSE
- A critical
review of a "paper" by Jonathan Wells.
- A humorous
review of a recent book by Dembski & Wells (although in my
opinion it gives them too much credit in that these guys have never
made a credible "calculation" or prediction of anything).
- Ben Stein's sham of a documentary concerning evolutionary
biology and ID(Expelled) is exposed here.
- A summary
of the landmark Dover case "Kitzmiller vs. the Dover Area School
- Four excellent essays on the science/evolution/Creationism
- 1. Introduction
to the Evolution vs. Creation Debate
- 2. Evolution:
Converging Lines of Evidence (also an excellent primer on how
- 3. Article
Review: "The Scientific Case Against Evolution"
- 4. Complexity,
Probability, and God
- Archive of
- Another archive of science/Creationism
- A web site specializing in the evidence for
- Talk.Reason: a
forum for the publication of short papers against Creationism and ID
Encountered Criticisms in Science & Evolution vs. Creationism,
and here is another
site, and another.
- More frequently encountered Creationist
criticisms and their answers
- Yet more
frequent Creationist criticisms and their answers - one of the best
resources out there, and a related
set answering the inanities of a Mr. Kent Hovind.
- A level-headed
discussion of the Creationism vs. science debate
- A site by a
Christian geologist that reviews some of the bodies of evidence
completely at odds with Creationism
- A website at the confluence
of evolutionary and medical sciences
This isn't even wrong."
- A humorous (or not?) piece of
concerning the position of Creationists, and here
is another, and another
(it's difficult to distinguish parody from "reality" when it
comes to the ill-informed and inane arguments)
- And this group wants
its ideas taught along with science and ID as well.
- More sad satire here
Creationist/ID movement to displace science education
- The "reDiscovery
Institute" (more parody and satire, but golly it's getting harder
- Hah! I knew it; this parody of anti-science phenomenon has a
name: Poe's Law:
"Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is
impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism (anti-science of any
sort) that someone won't mistake for the real thing." From RationalWiki:
Poe's Law makes the clear point that it is hard to tell parodies of
fundamentalism from the real thing, since they both seem equally
insane. Poe's Law also functions in its converse: real fundamentalism can easily be
mistaken for a parody of
Finally, whether you agree with him or not,
Einstein had some interesting thoughts on the subject of religion
- Astronomer Sten Odenwald answers question
on Nature's physical constants and discusses the problem posed by
teaching Creationism alongside science
Bad Science or Immoral Pseudoscience? An expose of Creationist Duane
- Astronomer Sten Odenwald answers: "Do
you believe in the Big Bang theory, or Creation?"
- A short discussion of Cosmology &
The "Bad Astronomer" addresses the merits
(or lack thereof) of astrology
- Your Astrology Defense Kit
- Test the validity of astrology
in the classroom
- Scientific Tests on Astrology
- Horoscopes Versus
A Focus on Astrology
- A bibliography of
that examine pseudoscience
Gary Ferland's extensive set of pages arguing against nonsense
- Skeptic.com: Michael
- The Amazing Randi - James
Randi's web site
- The Rocky
Mountain Skeptics webpage, and resource links
- The New England
- The Skeptical Inquirer
- The Skeptic's Dictionary: a guide for
excellent resoureces in critical thinking: Skeptico and UK Skeptics.
- An example of what happens when blind
and megalomania win out and lead to total self delusion...
- If it smells like an Urban Legend, look
While Urban Legends are generally not associated with pseudoscience,
lack of critical evaluation that goes with their propagation is.
"The fault, dear Brutus,
in our stars, but in ourselves..."
(Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar)
Those who seek to reconcile
findings of science with personal faith without twisting science
- Can science and religion coexist harmoniously? "A
Non-Dialogue on the Two Great World Systems"
- A PBS discussion of Faith & Reason
- Catholic Perspectives in Faith
is a statement from the National Council on Churches
- A Christian theologian's view of biblical
- Some thoughts on biblical
literalism from St. Augustine
Christian geologist argues against using the Bible as a science
and that Christianity and science should not be contradictory
- An Open
Letter Concerning Religion & Science, and the Clergy
- A short essay from a Christian biologist, Asking
- An organization dedicated to bridging
Christian theology to science
- Science and Spirituality: Is
- Science & Christianity: Allies
essays from "Science and Faith: Perspectives on Christianity and
and Religion: an astronomer's perspective
and the Big Bang - and other arguments about science and faith
- A Christian scientist describes his struggle
to understand the world around him
Christian vicar discusses reconciling Darwin with Christianity
Dating: A Christian Perspective
Christian astronomer comments on the dangers to Christianity of
disproven ideas to reconcile the astronomical distance-age "problem"
- A Christian professor of geology discusses Creation,
Time, and "Apparent Age"
- A Christian physicist/astronomer describes: The
Legend of the Shrinking Sun - A Case Study Comparing Professional
and "Creation Science" in Action
- A Christian physicist/astronomer discusses: Basil,
Augustine, and the Doctrine of Creation's Functional Integrity
personal and professional struggles of a Christian geophysicist arguing
against young Earth Creationism. Here are some other
articles of his.
is a discussion of Creationism by a devout Christian who is also a
research astronomer. He has no problems with a 15 billion year old
universe, and he argues that the devout Christian should not either.
- An on-line periodical: Science & Spirit
- Another on-line periodical: Science
& Theology News
was an evangelical Christian who wanted to be a theologian until he
found science and became skeptical of religion. The
biology and chemistry, deducing God was an illusion until faith brought
him a deeper understanding of the natural world. Now, the doubter and
the believer go head-to-head on faith, fidelity, and that dirty little
"Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve about
in a manner similar to the way the six planets revolve around our sun.
beings inhabit these worlds."
(Giordano Bruno; a Christian theologean and thinker who was imprisoned
then burned at the stake in 1600 for these and other "heresies")
And here are some other points
of view regarding religion and science
- The Secular Web
- Professor Steven Weinberg's essay: A Designer
- Links from the homepage of
Victor Stenger. This link
is particularly interesting.
- Professor Adolf Gruenbaum's essay: "Theological
Misinterpretations of Current Physical Cosmology"
- Indeces of essays on the irreconcilability between Science &
- Biologist Richard
Dawkins and neuro-scientist Sam Harris
- Biologist P.Z.
Myers - he's also writes some really nice articles on the
frontlines of evolutionary biology
Kirk T. Korista
Professor of Astronomy
Department of Physics
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5252
last updated 30 July 2010
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