1. An article in Scientific American calls for the need for increased skepticism of science. Why? Because it's what keeps junk science away and helps real progress be made in scientific exploration.
I’m a science journalist. I don’t celebrate science, I criticize it, because science needs critics more than cheerleaders. I point out gaps between scientific hype and reality. That keeps me busy, because, as you know, most peer-reviewed scientific claims are wrong.
So I’m a skeptic, but with a small S, not capital S. I don’t belong to skeptical societies. I don’t hang out with people who self-identify as capital-S Skeptics. Or Atheists. Or Rationalists.
When people like this get together, they become tribal. They pat each other on the back and tell each other how smart they are compared to those outside the tribe. But belonging to a tribe often makes you dumber.
2. Last week, I posted an article from Smithsonian Magazine about the potential for so-called "superbugs" to become prevalent and antibiotics to stop working. Here is a TED talk that explains why that is such a big deal.
3. From the print edition of First Things, an argument that the progressive movement has been punching down. In other words, the white collar liberals are going after blue collar citizens. We shouldn't have to agree with everything that the victims stand for to recognize the class difference and the regular abuse being heaped from above.
4. This article ran over a month ago, but it is a worthwhile read from Bruce Ashford at SEBTS about the intellectual who predicted the factors what would lead to the present cultural disaster in the US.