How People Are Fooled by Evidence

Nicole Jardine

Rationality is the crowning achievement of our species. The ability to use evidence is true the cornerstone of science, medicine, and our legal system. We use rational methods, too, in

Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

Maria Popova

“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” The friction between science and religion stretches from Galileo’s famous letter to today’s leading thinkers.

Tampering with Scientific Temper

Peter Ronald deSouza

In early November, the Prime Minister announced that an important initiative to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru was the “promotion of scientific temper among children”. Endorsing this

The Rise of Unreason

Pervez Hoodbhoy

Some 300 years ago the age of reason lifted Europe from darkness, ushering in modern science together with modern scientific attitudes. These soon spread across the world. But now, running

Mangalyaan + Unlucky Tuesdays

Chetan Bhagat

Few Indian achievements have led to instant national pride as much as the success of ISRO’s Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) to Mars. Media gushed, Twitter and Facebook celebrated