Tagged: scientific method

Getting to the truth — gradually - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 06, 2010

I guess reaction to the UK Parliamentary report on “climategate” (see Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated) is predictable. The more extreme climate change denier blogs are shouting “whitewash.” Scientific blogs are generally accepting the conclusions. No scientific dishonesty Anybody who had objectively read through the emails and explanations could not have been surprised.  The report [...] … Read More

Are religious scientists worried about their brethren? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 29, 2010

There were two public statements on science recently which seem to have disappeared into a vacuum. They were the ‘Public Statement Concerning Science and Christian Faith’ by New Zealand Religious Scientists and ‘A message to the Christian communities of New Zealand from scientists in their midst.’ I am not interested in the first [...] … Read More

Are science and religion compatible? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 17, 2010

“Science and Religion” seems to be a popular topic for debate on the internet these days. Even in New Zealand Richard Dawkins‘ recent visit encouraged 14 religious scientists, historians and theologians to produce their own statement on the subject (see ‘Public Statement Concerning Science and Christian Faith’ by New Zealand Religious Scientists). That particular statement seems [...] … Read More

What is the Harm of Alternative Medicine? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 26, 2010

Yesterday fellow Sciblogger Grant posted about homeopathic medications in pharmacies and questioned the legitimacy of reputable organisations selling such patent snake oil. The comments to this entry reveal one of the most frustrating aspects of speaking out against unscientific medicine and can be summarised thusly: “I’m far too sophisticated to be taken in by this [...] … Read More

Reproducible research and computational biology - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 24, 2010

A concern raised, which I have some sympathies with, is how to make computational science reproducible. Modern science is largely grounded on the notion that findings can be repeated independently by others to verify them, or to extend them. In practice this can be easier said that done. You'd think that for computational sciences, like computational … Read More