Massimo Pigliucci received his Doctorate in Genetics at the University of Ferrara, Italy. He is now Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Tennessee. He fields of research are in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics, and the experimental and theoretical approaches to the study of plant responses toward environmental change (nature vs. nurture).
In 1999, Pigliucci received the prestigious Chancellor Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement from the University of Tennessee. He is also a three-time recipient of the Oak Ridge National Laboratories Science Alliance Faculty Research Award.
In this first column entitled "Rationally Speaking", Massimo Pigliucci addresses the allure of pseudoscience. If you insist in thinking that all you need to do is to explain things just a little bit better and people will see the light, you are committing what is knows as the "rationalistic fallacy."
Does poetical metaphysics put science in its place? Pigliucci lends his insight into the ongoing battle between science and religion.
Dr. Massimo Pigliucci challenges creationism on all fronts, including the latest brand of intelligent design theory. Referring specifically to the work of William Dembski and Michael Behe, the author highlights the fatal flaws in the ID arguments and renders a crushing blow to the pseudoscience that underlies creationist claims.
Professor Pigliucci describes why a Bayesian description of the scientific enterprise -- while not devoid of problems and critics -- is revealing itself to be a tantalizing tool for both scientists, in their everyday practice, and for philosophers, as a more realistic way of thinking about science as a process.
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