Tagged: scientific method

Who is guilty of misusing science? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 17, 2013

I know someone is going to accuse me of “scientism” for this. But I guess that goes with the science blogger’s job – and it’s a diversion anyway. It will hardly be the first time. What I want to dispute … Continue reading → … Read More

Scientific knowledge — reliable but not certain - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 31, 2012

I find attempts to describe the scientific method in simple terms less and less convincing. And this goes for attempts by  both supporters of science, and those who oppose science. In reality science is a messy process and simple algorithmic … Continue reading → … Read More

The Role of Experiments in Science - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 20, 2012

In an attempt to widen my horizons I have been listening to the Philosophy Now podcast out of the UK. A recent episode concerned philosophy of science (ep 29) and the host asked an interesting question: “Why do we have to have experiments when sometimes we can get away with observations?”. The point he was [&hellip … Read More

The scientific method — what about the philosophical method? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 30, 2012

I enjoy the In Our Time Podcasts with Melvyn Bragg. The subjects are very wide-ranging and always informative. His last one was on The Scientific Method. It basically discusses the evolution of scientific methods from a philosophical viewpoint. The participants … Continue reading → … Read More

Should Science Suppress Unorthodox Science? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 11, 2011

I’ve just been reading the 2008 Survey of New Zealand scientists and technologists which is fascinating reading. One of the statements participants were asked to comment on was “It is in the public interest to discourage the dissemination of the views of scientists who do not agree with reigning orthodoxies in scientific issues.” So how do you think scientists//technologists … Read More

Science and the ’supernatural’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 19, 2011

I have discussed the issue of “supernaturalism” and science before but return to it having just read  Can Science Test Supernatural Worldviews?  by Dr  Yonatan I. Fishman. It’s an excellent paper which I recommend you read as it may challenge … Continue reading → … Read More

Empathy for colleagues - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 15, 2011

The Australian astrophysicist Mathew Bailes recently got international recognition for his part in the discovery of an exoplanet which could be made of diamond. As he says: “Following the publication of our finding in the journal Science, our research received … Continue reading → … Read More