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Did humans invent mathematics or does it exist independently?
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‘Reality, including ourselves, is nothing but a thin and fragile veil’: a new interpretation of quantum physics says objects have no independent existence.
President Trump frequently and loudly disagreed with scientists.
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Politics always influences what questions scientists ask. Their intertwined relationship becomes a problem when politics dictates what answers science is allowed to find.
Quantum mechanics is strange. A philosopher explains just how strange, and what it means for reality.
What did Pythagoras do with all those triangles, anyway?
A new twist on an old experiment reveals several common-sense ideas about reality can’t all be true.
Rules about coronavirus research have been relaxed.
If expert advice on the pandemic turns out to be wrong, it will have dire consequences for how reliable scientific evidence is treated in other policy areas, such as climate change.
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Scientific models can help us understand the important features of complex systems, but they need good data.
Flock of quail.
Are molecules, chairs, genes and humans really just the sum of their physical parts? A team of philosophers are trying to find out.
Scientists can’t expect the unexpected if they’re not open-minded about how their theories might be wrong.
Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?
Are you dreaming that you’re awake or are you living in a computer simulation? There might be no way to be sure.
Slow science is a reminder of what is wonderful and creative in scientific work, but it’s under threat.
Science should be about answering the “what if?” questions, but is that under threat by the privatisation of science and the drive for results ahead of any competition?
It’s good for scientists to work in glass laboratories.
Science isn’t cold, hard facts uncovered by emotionless robots. Acknowledging how and where values play a role promotes a more realistic view and can advance science’s reputation for reliability.
For the decolonisation of knowledge to be successful, it must be driven by critical thinking.
Phrases like “knowledge production” conceal the fact that knowledge answers to something beyond itself and beyond us. To produce knowledge is to find out about something.
The best scientists, such as Marie and Pierre Curie, are committed to the experimental method.
The final post in this series on how to understand and report science steps back to look at what science is, and what it isn’t.
This is the first part in a series on how we edit science, looking at what science is and how it works.
Lots of scientists see things in different ways, but that doesn’t undermine its authority.
Deep disagreements within science might seem to undermine its authority, but they only underscore how science really works.
Philosophy can often be obscure. But is that because it’s complex, or made so?
We might hope that good arguments will eventually drive out bad arguments – in what Timothy Williamson calls “a reverse analogue of Gresham’s Law” – and we might want (almost?) complete freedom for ideas…
Not all science is about blue-sky research, such as that done at the Large Hadron Collider.
Maximilien Brice, CERN
If science wants to maintain funding it needs to be more socially relevant, but that will require reforming the metrics we use to judge its success.
Science can help explain the mysteries of the universe but how do you put a dollar value on that?
Why put a dollar value on science when the benefits to our lives and society are far more valuable?