Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Featured, News

Science’s Oversight -Denny Gayton

Science’s Oversight -Denny Gayton

Non-scientists, laymen, and those ‘who don’t have a scientific bone in their body’ must judge science. The examples given earlier, which are not at all atypical, show that more than being stupid, it would be irresponsible to accept the judgment of scientists and physicians without further examination. A matter important to a small group or to global society must have this judgment subjected to the most painstaking scrutiny. Duly elected committees of laymen must examine whether the theory of evolution is really as established as biologists want us to believe, whether being established in their sense settles the matter, and whether it should replace other views in schools. Laypeople (non-scientists, etc) must examine whether the safety of nuclear reactors in each individual case and must be given access to all the relevant information. They must examine whether scientific medicine deserves the unique position of theoretical authority, access to funds, privileges of mutilation it enjoys today or whether non-scientific methods of healing are not frequently superior and they must encourage...

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Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Featured, News

Science v. Astrology; Knowledge v. Superstition? -Denny Gayton

Science v. Astrology; Knowledge v. Superstition? -Denny Gayton

Scientists confront astrology As I said earlier, the examples used show that the difference between modern science and ‘medieval’ science is at most a matter of degree and that the same phenomena occur in both. The similarity increases when we consider how scientific institutions try to impose their will on the rest of society. To drive the point home I will briefly discuss the ‘Statement of 186 Leading Scientists’ against astrology which appeared in the September/October issue 1975 of the Humanist. This statement consists of four parts. First, there is the actual statement which takes about one page. Next come 186 signatures by astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and individuals with unspecified professions, eighteen Nobel prize winners among them. Then we have two articles explaining the case against astrology in some detail. (Then I will comment on what the academics have said – but my comments will be restricted to information already known by 1975…information known to the scientists whose arguments against astrology I will comment upon.) Now what surprises...

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Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Featured, News

Leaving the Rez and Living the Rez -By Denny Gayton

Leaving the Rez and Living the Rez -By Denny Gayton

On Making It Some call it the brain drain, some people call it escape, some people call it success. Whatever you want to call leaving the rez, there is always at least one other side to it. Some Indians go to college and never come home. Some Indians grow up and will do anything to get away. Some of them do it, too. Some people leave and become a success; get a great job, or something else. There are a lot of other ways people leave the rez. No one but you is going to make the rez a better place than the place you grew up in. ​Our children, we, live unorganized lives. There are people at home on the rez who aren’t eating or eating enough tonight, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There is abuse at home on the rez, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are people at home on...

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