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Fishman, Yonatan I.; Boudry, Maarten – Science & Education, 2013
Several scientists, scientific institutions, and philosophers have argued that science is committed to Methodological Naturalism (MN), the view that science, by virtue of its methods, is limited to studying "natural" phenomena and cannot consider or evaluate hypotheses that refer to supernatural entities. While they may in fact exist, gods,…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Scientific Enterprise, Science Education
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Boudry, Maarten; Blancke, Stefaan; Braeckman, Johan – Science & Education, 2012
According to a widespread philosophical opinion, science is strictly limited to investigating natural causes and putting forth natural explanations. Lacking the tools to evaluate supernatural claims, science must remain studiously neutral on questions of metaphysics. This (self-imposed) stricture, which goes under the name of "methodological…
Descriptors: Evolution, Sciences, Philosophy, Science Education
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Blancke, Stefaan; De Smedt, Johan; De Cruz, Helen; Boudry, Maarten; Braeckman, Johan – Science & Education, 2012
This paper discusses the relationship between religion and science education in the light of the cognitive sciences. We challenge the popular view that science and religion are compatible, a view that suggests that learning and understanding evolutionary theory has no effect on students' religious beliefs and vice versa. We develop a cognitive…
Descriptors: Evolution, Religion, Sciences, Scientists
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Pigliucci, Massimo; Boudry, Maarten – Science & Education, 2011
Genes are often described by biologists using metaphors derived from computational science: they are thought of as carriers of information, as being the equivalent of "blueprints" for the construction of organisms. Likewise, cells are often characterized as "factories" and organisms themselves become analogous to machines. Accordingly, when the…
Descriptors: Criticism, Genetics, Biology, Figurative Language