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Distinguished Glasgow Surgeon David Galloway Dissects Darwinism

Series
ID the Future
Guest
David Galloway
Duration
00:16:47
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On today’s ID the Future philosopher of science Paul Nelson discusses a new paper in Nature making waves in the scientific community, “Papers and Patents are Becoming Less Disruptive over Time.” According to Michael Park and his fellow researchers, the rate of groundbreaking scientific discoveries is declining while the percentage of consolidating (or incremental) science is coming to dominate. Is the spirit of groundbreaking scientific discovery withering, and if so, why? Nelson notes a 1997 book by John Horgan, The End of Science. Nelson credits Horgan for seeing the trend a generation ahead of the Park paper, but Nelson breaks with Horgan on the diagnosis. Horgan posits that groundbreaking science is declining because we have already made most of the big breakthroughs there are to make. Nelson begs to differ. He suggests the problem lies elsewhere and likely is multifaceted. Tune in to hear his analysis and his prescription for reinvigorating the scientific enterprise in the twenty-first century.

Crowther and Nelson discuss two other papers during their conversation. For Nelson’s paper on disruption and consensus in science, “The Paradox of Consensus,” go here. For the Thomas Gold paper on the problem of the herd effect in science, go here.

David Galloway

Professor David Galloway, MD DSc FRCS FRCP FACS FACP, is a surgeon based in the West of Scotland and an alumnus of the University of Glasgow. His clinical training involved working in hospitals in Glasgow, London, and New York City. His postgraduate academic work was focused on cancer research and, in particular, aspects of cell division and how it can be influenced by various environmental and dietary factors. He developed an academic surgical practice in Glasgow focusing on surgical oncology and metabolic surgery. Since 2014 he has provided intermittent surgical support to Chitokoloki, a Christian Mission Hospital in rural Zambia and now holds registration with the Health Professions Council of Zambia. Galloway is former President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and an Honorary Professor of Surgery, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is married to Christine and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. He is a keen golfer and an avid reader of popular science, philosophy of science and religion, and current affairs. He is also in demand as a speaker on aspects of Christianity and apologetics.
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Copernicus
Darwinism
David Galloway
Design Dissected
evolution
Ignaz Semmelweis
Intelligent Design
John Lennox
Kepler
Lister
Neo-Darwinism
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal Society of London
scientific dogma
scientific paradigms
Semmelweis effect
University of Glasgow
Zambia