"This is not a book of Enlightenolatry," writes Pinker. But it is.
Andrew Shtulman's book isn't just about understanding data. It's about moral concern.
Well-aligned spokes make a bicycle wheel true. Truthful living gives a person credibility.
It’s hard enough to distinguish fact from fiction. Then there’s the matter of interpretation.
We can learn a lot from interdisciplinary conversation. But we are sometimes puzzled by how our colleagues know what they seem to know.
Why does antiscience sentiment gain such traction in America? Conservatives deserve some blame, but so does the scientific community.
We might still pray for rain, but we can account for thunder without invoking bowling gods. Is there still a place for God?
Kitty Ferguson's biography of Stephen Hawking is an important book for anyone interested in who and what we are—and where we're going.
Alvin Plantinga posits a profound conflict between naturalism and science. This extraordinary claim is deeply counterintuitive.
The same week the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle—which may be the missing puzzle piece for physics’ theory of everything—we also learned that some 46 percent of poll respondents hold “creationist views of human origins.” I might not be as incensed as Katha Pollitt is, but I’m distressed by this poll.
Long ago, another atmospheric shift took place. It shows how different the earth's environments have been—and how different they may become.
Ordained an Anglican priest after a career as one of the world’s top quantum physicists (his work helped lead to the discovery of the quark), John Polkinghorne vigorously argues that science and religion are not at odds: “Science looks to empirical evidence and bases its theories on being able to explain that evidence. Religious belief, at least Christian belief, looks first of all to the general evidence for the existence of God in the wonderful order and fruitfulness of the universe, and second to the way that Christians believe that God has made God’s nature known in Jesus Christ.”