Category Archives: The philosophy of science

Poor_mother_and_children,_Oklahoma,_1936_by_Dorothea_Lange from the United States Library of Congress

Can parental income affect brain development in children?

A recent study published in the prestigious journal Nature Neuroscience claimed that there is a correlation between parental income and children’s brain size. The publication was followed by researchers arguing …

Dr Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective vaccine for polio. Before Dr Salk’s vaccine polio was one of the most frightening diseases in the world, having a child mortality rate of 2 to 5%. Salk did not become rich because of his invention; he decided not to patent it. When asked why he didn’t patent his invention Salk replied “Would you patent the sun?”
Jonas Salk and Alert Sabin (creator of an alternative vaccine) saved millions of lifes and prevented immeasurable suffering.

Vaccines: 60 years of conspiracy theories

She grew up in a farm in Northeastern  Argentina, one of the country’s poorest regions. She had a tough life; she went to school for 2 years, then she was …

"The dose makes the poison” Already in the 16th century
Educated people knew this truth

Chemophobia and the anti-science hordes

  A band of spoiled brats is waging jihad against science. Its victim is the public and -as it happens in war- most casualties will be poor folk without the …

Karl Popper:
“A theory in the empirical sciences can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments”

Science is based on evidence not opinion

Not long ago, a new technology that could revolutionise stem cells-based therapies was in the news. The reporting may have escaped many but the media was not to blame; this …

illustration of an in vitro cloning assay

The race to produce a human embryo by cloning is over. Now it is time to stop racing and start thinking.

Science moves fast; last year a scientific article from Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s lab (1) claimed that they had succeeded in cloning a human up to the stage of embryo and produced …

Image from The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XIII send in the clones

Human cloning by nuclear transfer confirmed

Last year a paper came out from Shoukhrat Mitalipov’s lab at Oregon University claiming that they had been able to clone human embryos by nuclear transfer (the same method used to …

scene from Frankenstein 1931

Golden Rice, Frankenfood, and the torch-wielding mob

Most scientists hate the term “Frankenfood” applied to genetically engineered (GE) crops. Activists certainly use it as an insult. But did those activists actually read Mary Shelley’s book? Mary Shelley’s …

Homo Frankenthalensis ready to take revenge on the world (Modified fron Neandethal museum)

Can scientists clone a Neanderthal?

Is it possible to clone a Neanderthal? In theory, maybe. Last year the scientific community was outraged when the Daily Mail published an article claiming that George Church, from Harvard, …

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Science is based on evidence not authority

The triumphs of science have provided its practitioners with an aura of respect*. Many people would have problems describing what the job of a scientist is. However, if someone can …

Bauer im Weizenfeld bis Horizont

Let’s do the evolution

  Before us, pre-human creatures roamed the earth. For the best part of one million years these creatures used simple, unchanging, stone tools (1). Apparently, the thought of improving those …

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