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Belated Report on Albany

Well, here I am in London….blogging about events from before I left. Better late than never.

Turns out he had a big article on this subject in the neoconservative New Atlantis fairly recently. As we’ve done before–very successfully–I’m going to pull out three numbered quotes and invite you to respond:

Just kidding…I’m not debating him, but I am appearing on a panel with the famous deputy director of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this Friday at the “Bioethics and Politics” conference in Albany, New York. The panel set-up could lead to debate-like exchanges, certainly. Guess I’d better brush up…

The anti-research types get a lot of mileage out of arguing that embryonic stem cell research has been hyped. In general, I think they greatly overstate the case, but we must admit–and I certainly do–that some pro-research statements have been made that are really beyond the pale. Perhaps the most outrageous example, of course, is…

I’ve been going on and on lately about the adult stem cell partisans and what’s wrong with their arguments. But underlying those arguments, I suspect, is something deeper. These advocates just don’t seem to share the scientific mindset when it comes to embryonic stem cell research. Some of them, I speculate, may not even fully…

There Will Always Be Fakers

As I’ve noted previously, there have been attempts to question the scientific peer review process following the Hwang Woo Suk scandal. But a Rick Weiss article in the Washington Post over the weekend helpfully explains why it’s naive to think that peer reviewers can catch this kind of chicanery:

Yesterday, extending a public debate that I participated in earlier in the week, I criticized some arguments by Reason‘s Ron Bailey and started to criticize some writings by the Discovery Institute’s Wesley Smith. I’m pretty much done with Bailey (see our exchange here), with whom I really don’t disagree all that much. But I have…

The three way debate/discussion on science and politics hosted by the Smith Family Foundation on Tuesday night was an interesting event, to say the least. It was in some ways a difficult discussion for me, because the other participants, Ronald Bailey and Wesley Smith, are much more inclined than I to mix it up about…

Must-Read Article of the Day

It’s by Matthew Nisbet, and it’s about the changing politics of the stem cell issue in the wake of the Hwang scandal. The gist: The public had grown quite supportive of embryonic stem cell research, but the 2004 electoral campaign polarized the issue, and now the Korean fraud story has potential to turn opinion the…