Ziliak Claims Higgs Boson Is “Junk Science”

by Phillip Witteveen July 11, 2013

“I want to believe as much as the next person that particle physicists have discovered a Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God particle’”, writes author Stephen Ziliak in an op-ed appearing in a recent Financial Post. “But so far I do not buy the statistical claims being made about the discovery.” Ziliak is talking about the last remaining theorized particle in quantum physics. It’s only now that scientists claim to have actually discovered one. The problem the ‘discovery’ raises with Ziliak, an economist, is not with the particle itself, but with the means used to find it—namely, the fact that the claim is based […]

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Gayle Greene on NPR’s TED Radio Hour

by Phillip Witteveen June 5, 2013

Gayle Greene, author of the biography The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation, and Margaret Heffernan, a CEO and author who had recently presented a TED talk on the importance of conflict to progress, joined TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz to discuss scientist Alice Stewart’s process of discovery. In the 1950s, Stewart noticed an improbable pattern in childhood cancer. While  poverty is often correlated with disease, in this case, it was most often children from affluent families who were being diagnosed. Stewart’s research began with a questionnaire given to the mothers of these children. “She had […]

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New York Times calls Karlawish’s historical novel “marvelous”

by Shaun Manning November 29, 2011

The New York Times reviewed Dr. Jason Karlawish’s historical novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, praising its precise treatment of the doctor/patient relationship–in particular, the unique doctor/patient relationship that existed between frontier physicial Dr. William Beaumont and gut-shot trapper Alexis St. Martin in the early 19th century. Setting the unusual circumstances of Beaumont’s care in the context of more familiar terms–and suggesting that, despite radical advancements in the fields of medicine, some things never change–the Times said: The relationship between doctor and patient is hard enough to parse when both are in the same room. When […]

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“Technology (writing) versus Science (writing)”

by kris bishop October 24, 2008

by Guest Blogger, author Alex Hutchinson The historian Paul Forman has argued that, sometime around 1980, the hierarchical relationship between science and technology was turned upside-down – a reversal that marked the transition from modernity to postmodernity. Until then, we valued science as a pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, with technology as a lesser handmaiden. Now, we live for technology, and science is valued primarily for its role in enabling the next generation of gadgets. (And if we happen to be hearing rather a lot these days about the Large Hadron Collider, that only emphasizes how rare such […]

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