If the thinking of Satya Pal Singh is anything to go by, we must prepare for a long spell of darkness.
If the scientific method was meant to eradicate superstitions, it would have eradicated the practice of caste- and gender-based discrimination in scientific institutions. It has not.
Two responses to the ‘March for Science’ arbitrarily separate the role of the sciences and the social sciences in understanding the world. This is almost regressive.
Scientists cannot take a moral ground about blind beliefs and superstition until they also focus their criticism on their own practices.
In a flawed critique against the March for Science in India, the philosopher erects and razes strawmen, presuming he has made his case.
There is an onus on all of us to have a stake in the scientific enterprise, understand its philosophy and practice and see how well it may be put to use, to make us more prosperous and knowledgeable.
The Ig Nobel Prizes break stereotypes, telling students that everyday things have a research question latent in them, and then provide a lifetime pass to think crazy.
Plurality and the scientific method have a civilisational context, and they must define a new civilisational morality. Scientists must help engender this.
The conviction that we have always known everything that is worth knowing has prevented us from developing an ethos of honest inquiry.
We tend to ignore lessons from history around the world: there are only a few ways to build exceptional spots of research that can thrive and endure for a long time.
That ancient human drive to wonder about what might be out in space, or across the ocean, remains the key attribute that continues to drive scientists.
For most organisms, it can be very beneficial from the point of view of their survival to form an opinion on something purely with respect to possible or apparent intent, and without trying to understand any science behind it.
He deserves credit for popularising yoga as an effective way of physiotherapy but by making specious claims, he is doing a disservice both to himself and to his followers.
There are great discoveries to be made where we can’t see, and these will only come if we abandon our comfort zones and our reliance on running with the herd.
The present government is religion-oriented rather than being science-oriented, and it therefore becomes interesting to compare science and religion.