Opinions vs Fact

January 15th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017, Just Thinking|

January 15, 2016 - All too often when I find myself in a debate about something science based where the other party holds a strongly opposing view that is not based on good science, a stalemate is reached where my opponent flings out that most hated retort “I have a right to my opinion! You [...]

Repost: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

May 11th, 2016|Just Thinking|

  It seems that we have entered a period of blissfully willful ignorance. The internet has provided us with a wealth of information, much of it completely erroneous, from which we can draw and bolster our arguments. The problem is that many of our arguments are irrational, flawed, and based on cognitive biases (predominantly confirmation [...]

Repost: Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience

January 22nd, 2016|Just Thinking|

We are exposed to so much pseudoscience every day of our lives. Religion, media, marketing, politics.... You know the old adage, "If it's too good to be true, then it probably is". It's right up there with "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence". Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience Rory Coker, Ph.D. The word "pseudo" means fake. The surest [...]

The Stupidity of Science

January 22nd, 2016|Just Thinking|

I always find it interesting how there seems to be a societal expectation that if you get a PhD you will either become a University professor, or live in the world of research for the rest of your life. I’ve been asked why I continue to want to work for the government, all things considered. [...]

Science, it’s important!

April 16th, 2015|Just Thinking|

I found myself in a philosophical debate with a higher-up the other morning. The debate was about the content of a discussion document that I was asked to review and comment on for accuracy, and which was to go up higher yet for some potential decision making. I should refine that statement... the debate was about one line that [...]