The Knowing Problem

A few days ago, I posted something about what I called the consensus problem, the idea that many people have that scientists have to completely agree on something in order for the idea to be accepted.  There is, however, an even deeper issue involved and that is what it even means to “know” something is […]

Science is not consensus

Image from http://www.negotiationlawblog.com Writing about the nature of belief in reference to science  the other day started me thinking about other specific issues I have encountered in discussing science with non-scientists.  Coffee also helped this endeavor. Something I hear in discussion a lot, especially about topics such as climate change and evolution, is the following: “Yeah, […]

Science vs. Opinion

Early yesterday morning, I was sitting in my back yard with my wife drinking coffee and watching birds.  At some point, I mentioned off-hand that I needed something to blog about.  I had several ideas, but I couldn’t think of anything I could take from that nebulous realm of “wouldn’t it be cool…” to something […]