Is modern science socially constructed and forever tentative?

Is modern science socially constructed and forever tentative? Updated 7 April 2024 (c) 2024

Introduction

Writers from the discipline known variously as “postmodern science studies” or “sociology of scientific knowledge” are often cited in discussions of science, philosophy and religion. Some of these writers, notably Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn, have had significant impact on

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Have science and religion always been at war?

Have science and religion always been at war? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

In the recent Cosmos series, as well as in some widely available science videos distributed by the Learning Company (and available on Netflix), noted physicist/cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson reviews, in a very entertaining yet informative way, the history of science

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Is modern society in decline?

Is modern society in decline? Updated 6 February 2024 (c) 2024

Introduction

It is widely believed that modern society is in sharp decline. Among the ills cited are skyrocketing rates of crime, divorce, teenage sex, teenage births and drug abuse; war; and a general decline in personal morality and religiosity. There is also concern that

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What does the atheist literature say about science and religion?

What does the new atheist literature say about science and religion? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

The “new atheists”

Recently numerous books and articles have been published with rather strong criticisms of religion and the practice of religion. The four most prominent authors are Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, who

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How many scientists question evolution?

How many scientists question evolution? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Dissenters from evolution

It is often said that many scientists, including some significant credentials in the field, now believe there are serious difficulties with modern evolutionary theory. Indeed, there are some scientists who dissent. For example, in 2005 Philip Skell, a retired chemistry professor

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How reliable is geologic dating?

How reliable is geologic dating? Updated 9 October 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

In a separate article Radiometric dating), we sketched in some technical detail how dates are calculated using radiometric dating techniques. As we pointed out in that article, radiometric dates are based on known rates of radioactivity, a phenomenon that is rooted in fundamental

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How does radiometric dating work?

How does radiometric dating work? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

Radiometric dating is the most common type of technique employed by researchers to reckon dates for the geologic eras and individual specimens or layers. Radiometric dating is rooted in the rates of radioactive decay of various isotopes, which rates have been measured carefully

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How reliable is radiocarbon dating?

How reliable is radiocarbon dating? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

Radiocarbon dating, which is also known as carbon-14 dating, is one widely used radiometric dating scheme to determine dates of ancient artifacts. In discussions of the age of the Earth and the antiquity of the human race, creationists often assail perceived weaknesses in

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Do probability arguments refute evolution?

Do probability arguments refute evolution? Updated 20 December 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

In the past few decades, modern science has uncovered a universe that is far vaster and more awe-inspiring than ever imagined before, together with a set of elegant natural laws that deeply resonate with the idea of a cosmic lawgiver (and isn’t it

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Are there missing links between ancient primates and modern humans?

Are there missing links between ancient primates and modern humans? Updated 7 August 2023 (c) 2023

Introduction

One of the issues most frequently raised by both creationist and and intelligent design writers is the question of gaps in the fossil record, and, in particular, of “missing links” between “apes” and humans. In one sense, such

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