There seem to be a lot of people about who seem to know exactly what science is, and they seem to regard it as the only route to truth. Such folk could do worse than read an editorial to a special issue of Sedimentary Geology. This does not speak to the ID issue but it helps us understand how some divergences of opinion originate. The editorial refers to the communication gap between East and West and identifies reasons, on both sides of the gap, for why “the directions of science in East and West diverged”.
We need more analysis like this to understand why intelligent scientists can take opposing positions on the value of the ID approach within science. If we don’t, this warning applies: “Where (and when) a true dialogue between those adhering different views is impossible, science suffers.”
Bridging the gap in Quaternary geology between East and West: The Brodzikowski heritage (Editorial)
Beata Gruszka, A.J. (Tom) van Loon and Tomasz Zieliński
Sedimentary Geology, Volume 193, Issues 1-4 , 1 January 2007, Pages 1-5
No such thing exists as a ‘scientific truth’. Even nowadays, some hypotheses that are considered by a great majority of scientists as ‘scientific truth’ are considered as fundamentally wrong by others. Where (and when) a true dialogue between those adhering different views is impossible, science suffers. We have witnessed such conditions in the recent past in Eastern European countries, where – in addition – the economic conditions hardly allowed any university to buy scientific literature from the West: the differences in price level were just too great. This does not imply that science in Eastern Europe at the time was of a lower quality than in the West. We are convinced that research in the natural sciences – including the earth sciences – was carried out at many eastern universities at a high level. The results were, obviously, published, but this happened, unfortunately, only rarely in a language that was accessible for scientists from western countries.
Since the scientists in Eastern Europe could not afford to buy western literature (and no such a thing as internet was available at the time!), and since Western scientists were not capable of reading the research results from their colleagues in the East, it was unavoidable that the directions of science in East and West diverged. These different developments were not commonly realised until before the ‘iron curtain’ fell. Only a few earth scientists were aware of it earlier, thanks to personal contacts with colleagues ‘on the other side’. These two-sided earth scientists were not always in the position – or willing – to take advantage of the ‘extra’ information that they had. In general, the earth scientists in the West were too busy applying for research grants and/or surviving the publish-or-perish culture, whereas contacts with Western colleagues were not always appreciated in Eastern Europe.
|<< <||> >>|
Evolution has become a favorite topic of the news media recently, but for some reason, they never seem to get the story straight. The staff at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture started this Blog to set the record straight and make sure you knew "the rest of the story".
A blogger from New England offers his intelligent reasoning.
We are a group of individuals, coming from diverse backgrounds and not speaking for any organization, who have found common ground around teleological concepts, including intelligent design. We think these concepts have real potential to generate insights about our reality that are being drowned out by political advocacy from both sides. We hope this blog will provide a small voice that helps rectify this situation.
Website dedicated to comparing scenes from the "Inherit the Wind" movie with factual information from actual Scopes Trial. View 37 clips from the movie and decide for yourself if this movie is more fact or fiction.
Don Cicchetti blogs on: Culture, Music, Faith, Intelligent Design, Guitar, Audio
Australian biologist Stephen E. Jones maintains one of the best origins "quote" databases around. He is meticulous about accuracy and working from original sources.
Most guys going through midlife crisis buy a convertible. Austrialian Stephen E. Jones went back to college to get a biology degree and is now a proponent of ID and common ancestry.
Complete zipped downloadable pdf copy of David Stove's devastating, and yet hard-to-find, critique of neo-Darwinism entitled "Darwinian Fairytales"
Intelligent Design The Future is a multiple contributor weblog whose participants include the nation's leading design scientists and theorists: biochemist Michael Behe, mathematician William Dembski, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, philosophers of science Stephen Meyer, and Jay Richards, philosopher of biology Paul Nelson, molecular biologist Jonathan Wells, and science writer Jonathan Witt. Posts will focus primarily on the intellectual issues at stake in the debate over intelligent design, rather than its implications for education or public policy.
A Philosopher's Journey: Political and cultural reflections of John Mark N. Reynolds. Dr. Reynolds is Director of the Torrey Honors Institute at