Image via WikipediaWriting in New Scientist, book reviews editor Amanda Gefter concluded her piece on how to identify religion masquerading as science with the following:
It is crucial to the public's intellectual health to know when science really is science. Those with a religious agenda will continue to disguise their true views in their effort to win supporters, so please read between the lines.How fitting that New Scientist would remove this article from their website in response to creationist complaints! The article, available at Sott.net, should be read by anyone who values science, education, or the importance of obtaining accurate information about the world in which we live.
Gefter explains that she has learned to spot scientific-sounding books as having a hidden religious agenda by looking for a number of clues. Examples include:
- references to "scientific materialism"
- mind-brain dualism
- gross misinterpretations of quantum physics
- use of terms such as "Darwinism"
- frequent appeals to common sense
- efforts to link the cultural implications of a theory to the veracity of the theory
H/T to The Good Atheist
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