Category: Scientific arrogance
Coronavirus. Human arrogance. Death.
Just before the coronavirus outbreak in China, we all were reading great articles and scientific announcements about how science will soon beat even death and make us immortal… Now we know that the giant we believed in had legs of clay. Now we are collectively trying to survive from a virus in the midst of […]
Old philosophers, science and the poison of knowledge…
A friend recently asked: how can we seriously read philosophers from before the 18th century, now that we know of their lack of knowledge regarding the cosmos and the universe? How can we read them and draw any serious conclusions now that we know that they knew almost nothing that we currently do, based on […]
Few bodies problem…
In physics, the conundrum known as the “few-body problem,” how three or more interacting particles behave, has bedeviled scientists for centuries. Equations that describe the physics of few-body systems are usually unsolvable and the methods used to find solutions are unstable. There aren’t many equations that can probe the wide spectrum of possible few-particle dynamics. […]
Sanitation. As in “Medicine saves lives”. (but not as you expect)
The value of sanitation at reducing child mortality in many low income countries has been substantially underestimated according to recent research. A study by Prof Paul Hunter from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Dr Annette Prüss-Ustün from The World Health Organization concludes that vital health benefits of access to sanitation facilities such as […]
Organs from “scratch”! NOT!
In what’s being hailed as a scientific first, researchers in Scotland have created a fully functional organ from scratch inside the body of a living animal. (1) Well, because scientists keep making the same claims over and over again, I am oblidged to make the same clarifications over and over again… It is in the […]
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