Science is never free of value judgments

Politicians who tell us they are just “following the science” need to be reminded of that

Science is never free of value judgmentsOver the past year or so, there has been continuous reference to complex social decisions as scientific, as though value judgments do not apply, or play only a limited role. Some of the most prominent examples include the designation of types of work as essential/non-essential. Liquor stores have been open throughout the pandemic, but access…

Has Covid-19 shaken your faith in science?

What do we make of the deluge of statistics and science, and pseudo-statistics and pseudo-science coming from all sources?

Has Covid-19 shaken your faith in science?So-o-o-o-o … what’s new? Well, the Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, so there’s that. I’m very excited, up until the Edmonton Oilers are eliminated. After that, my interest in hockey falls to near zero, except for a hockey pool I entered. When researching which teams to choose, I was surprised to learn that the Tampa…

Skepticism over Covid-19 response growing

Science is messy, and its bewilderment as to how to respond to Covid-19 is beginning to wear on people

Skepticism over Covid-19 response growingNews that not one but two COVID-19 vaccines have tested 95 per cent effective casts a welcome burst of light into Canada’s gloomy COVID-19 narrative, amid signs the pandemic is ripping into the nation’s social fabric. Moderna announced that its vaccine candidate proved 94.5 per cent effective in trials. Meanwhile, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech…

Why Payette was right – and dead wrong

At the core of both science and religion is the human desire to understand that which eludes us, and to make sense of life

Why Payette was right – and dead wrongCanadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette recently pitted science and religion against each other when she implied that science is rational and religion irrational. While many share this view, I find it narrow and simplistic. Both science and religion shed meaning on human experience, and both play a role in shaping the world. Both are tools…

Julie Payette crossed the line

Payette’s disrespectful comments tarnish her position as Queen Elizabeth II’s federal viceregal representative

Julie Payette crossed the lineIt only took one speech for new Canadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to confirm why some columnists and pundits (including me) were lukewarm about her nomination in the first place. “Oh, but she’s an astronaut and a scientist,” crowed her enthusiastic support base during the dog days of summer. “She’ll bring a fresh new outlook…