The Case of the Mute Scientists

“Why aren’t American scientists barking? Why do they remain mute?|First, most scientists feel more comfortable in labs and classrooms than on op-ed pages and TV studios – and they have no real clue about how to go about challenging what they read and see. Second, in virtually 100 percent of cases where scientists have stepped forward to debunk the ‘carcinogen scare de jour,’ they have been subject to ad hominem…

The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

“There is, alas, no scientific claim so preposterous that a scientist cannot be found to vouch for it. And many such claims end up in a court of law after they have cost some gullible person or corporation a lot of money. How are juries to evaluate them?” Here are Park’s warning signs: The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media. The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is…

A Question of Faith

“Richard Fletcher’s fine, concise history of early Muslim-Christian relations…. calmly and effectively disposes of the popular myth that Islam is an inherently violent and intolerant faith, while at the same time showing that Christians could not be expected to see it in any other way. He shows clearly that far from forcing their subjects to accept their religion at sword-point, Muslim rulers did not initially encourage conversion. There seems to…