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Massimo Pigliucci on the Demarcation Problem

Uploaded 26 Jul 2017

How do you tell science from non-science? Karl Popper thought that the falsifiability of a hypothesis was the best indicator. Massimo Pigliucci is not so sure about this. Here he discusses the important issue of demarcation with Nigel Warburton.

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Science at the Bar—Causes for Concern

Uploaded 26 Jul 2017

In the wake of the decision in the Arkansas Creationism trial (McLean v Arkansas),1 the friends of science are apt to be relishing the outcome. The creationists quite clearly made a botch of their case and there can be little doubt that the Arkansas decision may, at least for a time, blunt legislative pressure to enact similar laws in other states. Once the dust has settled, however, the trial in general and Judge William R. Overton's ruling in particular may come back to haunt us; for, although the verdict itself is probably to be commended, it was reached for all the wrong reasons and by a chain of argument which is hopelessly suspect. Indeed, the ruling rests on a host of misrepresentations of what science is and how it works. 

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Against Method

Uploaded 26 Jul 2017

"Science is an essentially anarchic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives." Against Method is an essay by Paul Feyerabend that explores anarchism as a philosopy of science, examining the interplay between historic process and the emergence of 'facts'. The history of science will be as complex, chaotic, full of mistakes, and entertaining as the ideas it contains, and these ideas in turn will be as complex, chaotic, full of mistakes, and entertaining as are the minds of those who invented them. Conversely, a little brainwashing will go a long way in making the history of science duller, simpler, more uniform, more 'objective' and more easily accessible to treatment by strict and unchangeable rules.

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Uploaded 20 Jul 2017
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The 12 Cognitive Biases That Prevent You from Being Rational

Uploaded 27 Jun 2017

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.

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Uploaded 20 Jan 2017

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Uploaded 20 Jan 2017

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Uploaded 19 Jan 2017
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Beauty and the Beast Trailor

Uploaded 01 Jan 2017

Here's the Beauty and the Beast Trailor. We're excited!

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Government Has No Idea About Cancer Drugs Fund's Impact, MPs Say

Uploaded 26 Jul 2016

An article examining Cancer Drug funding in England. MPs have castigated NHS England and the Department of Health for bad management of the Cancer Drugs Fund, set up by government to pay for medicines deemed too expensive for general NHS use.