Saturday, October 13, 2012

Should you believe the media?

Media reporting of the discovery of the Higgs boson, highlights just how unreliable the information and interpretation contained in media reports about science can be. I tried to bring out this issue in my recent talk. Unfortunately, it is not solely the media's responsibility. Scientists may feed a slanted perspective to the media if amplifies the significance of their research results or their personal philosophical perspective.

David Cook pointed out to me that unfortunately, media portrayals of basic Christian beliefs can exhibit similar distortions. For example, all Christians believe the earth is 6,000 years old. Faith is blind: belief without any evidence. In Galileo's time, the Roman Catholic church was opposed to science and reason...

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