Defining Science (vs. Pseudo-Science)

Science and Pseudo-Science: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has substantially updated its entry on science and pseudo-science (April 11, 2017).  The discussion can help students realize the epistemological difficulties in sorting out data, hypothesis, information, theory, and ontology.   The new treatment emphasizes “that there is much more agreement on particular cases of demarcation than […]

New Fossil Finds: Curating the Dead

Dizzying New Evidence In Human Evolution Provokes Debates:  Fossils found over the past several decades have increasingly complicated our understanding of human evolution. Our early ancestors did not simply become bigger brained and more upright over time. New information coming out of the Rising Star dig includes the excavation of a second chamber with more Homo […]

America: Moral, Yes; Consensus, No

American Views on Morality: A 30 min. audio program on culture’s continued divergence on what is moral.  Morally, people are coming from different places, and this is why we run into indignant people every day who can’t believe that we’re thinking something completely different. 8 out of 10 Americans are concerned about the moral behavior […]

God’s Existence: More Likely Than Not

Five rational arguments why God (very probably) exists: Robert H. Nelson is Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and author of God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God (Cascade, 2015). This article begins with mathematics and offers a brief summary of the content, and can serve as a starter piece […]

 
 
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