Representative Jackie Speier (CA, 14th District) has taken Science Magazine to task (PDF of full letter here) for their controversial cover and controversial response to criticism of that cover.
The July ll issue of Science Magazine featured a lurid cover photograph of transgender women in tight dresses and high heels with their heads cropped out of the frame.
Charles Bennett has a beef with the wording of an article title in Science: “At long last, Gravity Probe B satellite proves Einstein right”.
I find myself frequently repeating to students and the public that science doesn’t “prove” theories. Scientific measurements can only disprove theories or be consistent with them.
Instead of going on about the philosophy of science at length, let’s just quote the spot-on quote from their response:
Bennett is completely correct. It’s an important conceptual point, and we blew it.
Posted in Curiosities of Nature, Items of Interest
Tagged AlbertEinstein, einstein, general relativity, NASA, Philosophy, Philosophy of science, science, Science Communication, science magazine, Scientific Process
Genomycism – the unsubstantiated belief that the cataloging of the genomic sequence of an individual conveys useful understanding about their ancestry, current characteristics, and disease risk with high degrees of accuracy and predictive power.
An important policy forum article has appeared in the most recent issue of Science discussing the expectations for the benefits of genomics, the issues created when those expectations are unrealistic, overinflated, and over-hyped. Continue reading
Posted in Curiosities of Nature, Notice Board, This Mortal Coil
Tagged Disease, Genetic testing, Genetics, Genome, genomics, health, human genome project, james p. evans, Rugbyologism, Science in Society, science magazine, Scientific Literature, theresa m. marteau, timothy caulfield, University of Alberta