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Science vs. superstition

Is it true that science and superstition are two opponents? In fact science, as I can understand, relies only on well designed experiments that entails careful notes of settings, observations and conclusions in concern of a clear question. However, the spark of the scientific process as regard time and reason is out of one’s decision and settles a ground for superstition as an essential element in scientific performance. Superstition is that unfounded belief of supra human force(s) that influence our feelings, observations and experiences, isn’t it? The wonderful order, pattern and regularity of life and nature that is the common and ultimate constant of science speaks for superstition loudly enough as a starter and tracer for science. Those amazing and amusing pointer of perception’s illusion would even minimize scientific arrogance to the benefit of superstition. The longstanding game between science and superstition may once prove drawn.

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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

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Update (1/3/18) I’ve been overwhelmed with requests for the shorter guide, and the email address below no longer works. So I’ve uploaded a copy of the guide for anyone to download and share here: How to read and understand a scientific article. Please feel free to use it however you wish (although I’d appreciate being credited as the author). I apologize to everyone who emailed me and didn’t get a response! If you would like to let me know who you are and what you’re using it for in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.

Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very…

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