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The Messiness of Science: From Galactic Dust to Corn Syrup

Mark Alpert | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Mark Alpert

science moves in fits and starts. Nothing is proven until it's proven. Good researchers are always skeptical, always questioning their own results and those of their colleagues. It can be a frustrating process. Just ask my daughter.

PSST! 20 Best Tips For Making Sense Of Scientific Research

natureheader | William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter & Mark Burgman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the...

The Rise and Fall of Militant Skepticism (Part 4)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Jordan Flesher, BA Psychology Most of us take perception for granted as a photograph - in five sensory dimensions - ...

Snatching Defeat From Jaws of Victory

Richard Ha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Will our County Council kill Bill 113 and move us in the right direction? Or will it snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

The Rise and Fall of Militant Skepticism (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

The bond between militant atheism and militant skepticism has been unusually strong, to the point where attacks on religion are delivered as if no rational, science-minded person could object.

Testing the God Hypothesis

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

The existence of the God worshiped by most Jews, Christians, and Muslims not only lacks supporting empirical evidence but is even contradicted by such evidence. However, it need not have turned out that way.

Oprah, Atheists, and the Gift of Ambiguity

David Lose | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
David Lose

Yes, you can be well-intentioned and still do harm. That, at least, is what television personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned when she apparently and good-naturedly dismissed Diana Nyad's claim to being an atheist.

Stiffening the Standards of Scientific Research

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

While I agree that changes are called for in certain standards and practices, it is wrong to conclude that there are any fundamental flaws in the basic methods of science. When science is done properly, it still remains the most powerful force for human advancement the world has ever seen.

What Is A Hypothesis? Or, Why Can't I Dismiss This Theory in Favor Of My Religion?

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

A hypothesis proposes an idea that makes testable predictions about a given question. We then set up an experiment to test this model by looking for those predictions. This is why predictions are very important. No prediction, no test, no science.

International Science Design Research

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Soren Petersen

Design Science Research is the lifeblood of design and serves to develop new understanding, knowledge, processes and methods. For the past forty years...

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

Showing God Does Not Exist

Victor Stenger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Faith is foolish because it leads people to irrational decisions that pose great dangers to the survival of humanity, such as opposing birth control and thinking that global warming is no problem because God would never let it harm us.

Can the Truth Come Back With a Capital 'T'? (Part 4)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.05.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

Mainstream science has proved wildly successful despite its setting a low priority for pursuing the nature of consciousness as a major force. What kind of success can we point to for this newer paradigm?

Can the Truth Come Back With a Capital 'T' ? (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.21.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

If you propose that Truth with a capital T might return into our lives, like a speck on the horizon that gets bigger and bigger, many would prefer to swat the speck away. For one thing, Truth veers uncomfortably close to God.

Can the Truth Come Back With a Capital "T"?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.07.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University, P. Murali Dorais...

The 3rd Grade Science Fair: A Common Core Conundrum

Alan Singer | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

I believe Common Core goals are useful for teachers because they help define what students should be able to do at different stages in school. But the Common Core does not detail what students should actually know about content and concepts or how they should be taught.

An Over-worked Scientist and a Sweaty Social Worker

Ambar Mehta | Posted 07.31.2013 | Science
Ambar Mehta

If we're talking about how they approach a problem, then everything. But Priya and the rest of us in development need to place a greater focus on conducting impact assessments and rigorous studies on our interventions to stay true to our cause.

The Scientific Star Chamber?

Nicholas Warner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Warner

A politician who proposes politicizing a jury would rightly be pilloried by the court of public opinion and should never hold political office again. And yet the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, has been proposing to do this to scientists.

TED, Censorship, Consciousness, Militant Atheists, and Pseudo Science!

Chris Anderson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science
Chris Anderson

We at TED would like to respond here to some of the questions raised in an letter from Deepak Chopra, Stuart Hameroff, Menas C. Kafatos, Rudolph E. Tanzi and Neil Theise.

A Scientist's #OverlyHonest Tweets Go Viral

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Impatient Optimists

January 6, 2013, wasn't a good day for Dr. Leigh -- her Internet pseudonym. "This is my third night this week on under 3 hours of sleep. I haven't slept 6 uninterrupted hours in ages. "

A New Deal For Religion And Science

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Under the terms of this deal, religion would be more humble about its teachings, acknowledging that they are sometimes wrong. When science confirms one of religion's guesses, it gives credit where credit is due for having "divined" the answer before it could be established beyond doubt.

Sex Science: Controls Can Keep You From Fooling Yourself

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 03.18.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

What might any scientist, perhaps one like A. J. Bateman, who did a foundational study in sexual selection, have done to save himself from his likely mistakes? Bateman might have used a control experiment to test if the assumptions of his methods were met.

Questions Without Answers

KidSpirit | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

f I don't have answers, all I have to do is ask questions which don't have answers! In my humble opinion, those happen to be the most interesting ones of all.

Sex Science: Repetition Is a Way to Keep From Being Fooled

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

Could Bateman's influential conclusions about the lack of effect of mate number on reproductive success of mothers have been due to an undercount of the number of offspring mothers must have had? Our repetition proved that an unreliable method produced biased results.

Sex Science: 'The Best Part of 'Believe' Is the Lie" (Part 3)

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 02.19.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

Why do we believe fictions in the face of facts? When do the scales fall from our eyes?