Posted inCritical thinking, Science

thinking by druthers 1

Reading Time: 5 minutes First installment in a series on confirmation bias. “I disagree with what you’re saying, frankly. Strongly disagree.” I guess I ought to delight in this kind of challenge, critical thinking enthusiast that I am. But I’m a chimp, too, which means instead of delighting, I have to suppress an urge to fling feces and hoot. […]

Posted inParenting & Family, Science

the giddy geek

Reading Time: 3 minutes We live in a universe made of a curved fabric woven of space and time in which hydrogen, given the proper conditions, eventually evolves into Yo Yo Ma. — from Parenting Beyond Belief Last year I wrote about Major Tom and the way the Apollo program lit up my imagination and fueled my wonder in […]

Posted inDeath & Dying, Parenting & Family, Science

can death give birth to wonder? (revised)

Reading Time: 3 minutes [NOTE: In preparing the following blog entry, I fell prey to a classic critical thinking error that goes by several names: “selective reporting,” “confirmation bias,” and “being an idiot.” Though the first several paragraphs are impeccably sound, the section on the Woodward paper is, unfortunately, complete rubbish. I say ‘unfortunately’ because it would have been […]

Posted inParenting & Family, Science

wondrous strange

Reading Time: < 1 minute The only solid piece of scientific truth about which I feel totally confident is that we are profoundly ignorant about nature… It is this sudden confrontation with the depth and scope of ignorance that represents the most significant contribution of twentieth-century science to the human intellect. Lewis Thomas Connor (12) was studying for a science […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Parenting & Family, Science


Reading Time: < 1 minute Acacia tree at sunset, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya DELANEY (6, after ten silent seconds staring at our bathroom scale): I wonder how people in places like Africa and India weigh themselves if they don’t have scales. DAD: Hm. I never even thought about that. Any ideas? (Five seconds pass.) DELANEY: I know! They could sit on […]

Posted inCritical thinking, Education, Science

NOVA–Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Reading Time: 2 minutes TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 8-10 PM (on most PBS stations) JUDGMENT DAY: INTELLIGENT DESIGN ON TRIAL Q&A with Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA Q: This program tackles a contentious issue for many people, particularly for many devout Christians. Why did NOVA and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, your coproducer, take it on? Apsell: Judgment […]

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