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Too much credit February 21, 2011

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Science is often given far too much credit for offering understanding of the world.  What science is very good at is describing the world we see around us in almost incomprehensible detail and while we have a long way to go to fully describing it, we have done a very good job of this so far and science should, in my view, be regarded as the systematic method we have adopted for managing this process.  If you want to know how things are, ask science. (more…)

What we know June 23, 2010

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Our knowledge of the world around us comes from observing what we see around us.  These observations can be anything from noting that we happen to think about something through to specially set up  scientific experiments to observe something.  Each time we observe something new we add to our knowledge.  (more…)

My Personal View of Science July 6, 2009

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Jonathan on another blog said:

I am also intrigued to find out what you think the limits of science are, and indeed, how you would even define science. If you have some time and inclination, please share. I am genuinely interested in your view on this.

Since this is an issue which I think is very important, I’m happy to oblige.  What follows is my personal view of what science is and what its limits are.

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Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism April 7, 2009

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This is another excellent video series on youtube by youtube user AronRa along the lines of the Made Easy and Why Do People Laugh at Creationists series I have blogged on earlier.  This video series sets out to highlight fundamental falsehoods underlying creationism rather than addressing the specific claims of individuals.  (more…)

Misconceptions of Evolution IV March 30, 2009

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Part four of my ongoing series discussing common misconceptions of evolution.  It starts here, and see part I, part II and part III. (more…)

Misconceptions of Evolution Part III February 12, 2009

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Part three of my ongoing series discussing common misconceptions of evolution.  It starts here, and see part I and part II. (more…)

Misconceptions of Evolution Part II February 5, 2009

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Another post continuing on the series I started here and Part I here.

Just one to add this time around. (more…)

Misconceptions of Evolution Part I February 1, 2009

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This is the first in an open-ended  series of posts I plan on making highlighting common misconceptions and misinterpretations on evolution by natural selection and its implications.  Most of them are ones that I have held at some point before coming to realise it just isn’t the case while others are things I commonly hear from people who don’t get it.  Some of them may be obvious, others more subtle, but hopefully they are of interest.

They are in no particular order other than the order I thought of them.  Here are the first two: (more…)

Evolution Explained January 20, 2009

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In a coming series of posts (I have no idea how many yet) I will attempt to address common misconceptions about the theory of evolution which many people (even those who accept evolution by natural selection) often get wrong in my opinion.  Before I start this set of posts however I would like to briefly explain what the theory of evolution is as context for understanding these explanations.  I will probably refer to this post several times in the future. 

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Evolution Overdrive August 20, 2008

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Given 2008 is the 150th 199th anniversary of the publication of The Origin Of Species it is no surprise there is significant activity going on about Darwin and evolution this year.  Given Darwin and the Origin of species are both somewhat old (lol) it seems there is a bunch of evolution related stuff going on this year.  And it seems this last month was the time for it to all start happening in my world.

In the last month or so I seem to have encountered a number of fascinating events, books and the like relating to evolution (some relating to the anniversary, others just coincidence) so I thought I’d share them along with some comments/reviews.  It is nice to talk about the positive reasons for one’s world view once and a while rather than forever battling the opposite views, as important as that is!  Listed roughly in chronological order:

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