Philosophy & Ethics
- The Scientific Method: Half-Finished But Wholly-Accepted
In a science classroom at a middle school I saw a poster about “the scientific method.” There were seven steps; one was “analyze your data.” According to the poster, you use the data you’ve collected to say if your hypothesis was right or wrong. Nothing w ...
Article - Seth Roberts - May 3 2008 - 10:58am
- Science, Religion And The Problem Of Evil
My colleague at the University of California-Irvine, Francisco Ayala, has been interviewed recently by the New York Times about his views on science and religion. Ayala is particularly suitable for the task, being a former Dominican priest and one of th ...
Article - Massimo Pigliucci - Jan 14 2009 - 4:59pm
- Bipolar Disorder Is Overdiagnosed And Underdiagnosed
A new study by Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University researchers reports that fewer than half the patients previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder based on a comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview-- ...
Article - News Staff - May 5 2008 - 11:36pm
- Religion And Biology- Essay Says Contemporary Judaism Can Add Wisdom To Genetic Research
There exists much ethical controversy brought about by advances in biology and medicine and the relationship to religion. In a new essay in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Laurie Zoloth takes an approach to medical ethics that draws upon Jewish ...
Article - News Staff - May 12 2008 - 4:59pm
- On Deca And Ethics- Does A Chemical Industry Trade Group Make EPA Personnel Decisions?
In March, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee launched an investigation into potential conflicts of interest in scientific panels that advise the Environmental Protection Agency on the human health effects of toxic chemicals. The committee identifie ...
Article - News Staff - May 12 2008 - 7:32pm
- Soft Vs. Hard Science, Part I
“Scientists these days tend to keep up a polite fiction that all science is equal. Except for the work of the misguided opponent whose arguments we happen to be refuting at the time, we speak as though every scientist's field and methods of study are ...
Article - Massimo Pigliucci - Sep 19 2008 - 5:59pm
- Merck Wins Appeal Of First VIOXX(R) Case To Go To Trial
WHITEHOUSE STATION, New Jersey, May 30 /PRNewswire/-- Merck & Co., Inc. said today that it is gratified that a Texas appeals court overturned the August 2005 verdict of a state court jury in Brazoria County and rendered a judgment in favor of Merck in ...
Article - Anna Ohlden - May 30 2008 - 3:00pm
- Abortion On Demand An Equality Issue, Says Group
Aiming to gain a better understanding of the situation of abortion in Africa and Latin America, a research team jointly involving Institut de Recherche Pour le Développement and "El Colegio de Mexico" reviewed the scientific literature published ...
Article - News Staff - Jun 4 2008 - 9:52am
- Patient Consent Overhaul Still Lacks Teeth, Says BMJ Editorial
Proposals to overhaul the approach to obtaining patient consent lack detail, contain advice that is non-specific, and might prevent doctors from making major changes to their practice warns an editorial in this week's BMJ. Writing in response to the p ...
Article - News Staff - Jun 5 2008 - 11:54pm
- A Conversation With Dan Dennett
A few days ago I had the opportunity of moderating a conversation with philosopher Daniel Dennett, hosted by the New York Society for Ethical Culture as part of their presentation of two of the “Atheists Tapes” produced by Alive Mind. It was a pleasant ...
Article - Massimo Pigliucci - May 17 2011 - 9:24pm