Questioning the Reports

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This is going to be a different kind of article. Instead of refuting evolution and supporting creation, we will be using some of the thinking skills that have been discussed for the past few years. Hopefully, people are using healthy skepticism and asking questions of assertions and reports from scientists.

A simpler article about how we can use our reasoning skills and use healthy skepticism when scientists make bold proclamations.
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After all, scientists are not the unbiased purveyors of truth that many people seem to think. They are full of avarice, pride, greed, altruism, nobility, and all the other characteristics that the rest of us possess. (For a recent article on this, see "Scientists Are Only Fallible Humans".) While many are corrupt and seeking the next big money, others want to do actual science stuff. As we have seen many times, however, the secular science industry has many instance of fake science news, even putting words in the mouths of the scientists.

There seems to be a report to support anything: atheists are smarter than Christians, a contrary report says atheists use less brain power than the rest of us, going outside in the cold weather after taking a shower makes you sick, vitamin C is a great cure, vitamin C benefits have limited scientific support... You've see those things.

We often see how decent scientific research is blemished by homage to Darwin, whether by the scientists or the news services. Also, researches tend to get excited about a bit of work and make bold pronouncements that are not supported by the evidence. Here are a couple of simple articles for your intellectual dancing and dining pleasure that are untainted by evolutionism.

First (you may be disappointed in me for this one), "‘Planet Nine’ may actually be a black hole". This one seemed to be rather interesting. No big proclamations or hitting the readers over the head with cosmic evolution. It is clear that there is speculation happening. I'll be curious to see if there are further developments.

We can ask how a survey or study was done. This includes who did the research, what questions were asked, who was being asked the questions, the procedure of the research, and so on. Do you like chili peppers? Maybe the cause your face to turn red and fire shoots out of your mouth like in the old cartoons. At any rate, there are reports that they are good for you. In a surprising article from CNN, "Eating chilies cuts risk of death from heart attack and stroke, study says", the author does some of the work for us by asking questions and pointing out that the report has serious limitations. More research is needed.

While we must have reasonable skepticism and ask questions, sometimes reports are straightforward and even show where some research is incomplete. Not so much when it comes to matters of fish-to-philosopher evolution, however. While science is necessarily developing and changing, we need to be aware that fallible humans are operating from their worldviews. So are biblical creationists, who are asking the hard questions and pointing out the flaws that secularist often overlook. It seems that they often do these things willingly.