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Science and the Public Square
"Perhaps it will help just understanding that the asymmetry between Conservatives and Liberals is real, but that in a democracy, having the research done that discovers impacts (or the lack of impacts) is crucial for our public discourse. It is not a temporary cultural shift nor irrationality nor a current ideology that is driving the distaste for science among Republicans. It is their core conservatism that is at issue."
science  politics  conservatism  liberalism  ideology  change  private  public  boundaries  boundary-policing 
april 2013 by tsuomela
“One of the easiest ways to differentiate an economist from almost anyone else in society” « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
I’m not saying that arguments based on rationality are necessarily wrong in particular cases. (I can’t very well say that, given that I wrote an article on why it can be rational to vote.) I’m just trying to understand how pop-economics can so rapidly swing back and forth between opposing positions. And I think it’s coming from the comforting presence of rationality and efficiency in both formulations. It’s ok to distinguish economists from ordinary people (economists are rational and think the unthinkable, ordinary people don’t) and it’s also ok to distinguish economists from other social scientists (economists think ordinary people are rational, other social scientists believe in “culture”). You just have to be careful not to make both arguments in the same paragraph.
economics  rationality  academic  boundaries  boundary-policing  argument  form  genre 
august 2011 by tsuomela
"Still, I wonder why there isn’t more of a conversation between anthropologists and economists. Especially considering our overlapping interests. So why is there such a chasm between the two disciplines? Is it because our ways of thinking about and analyzing human nature are soooooo different that there is no room for dialog, or what?"
anthropology  economics  boundaries  boundary-policing 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Why anthropology is ‘true’ even if it is not ‘science’ | Savage Minds
"Throughout his career — for instance in his classic short piece ‘The Study of Geography’ — Boas made a distinction between not between the ‘natural sciences’ and the ‘interpretive sciences’ but rather between generalizing sciences (which study things that happen over and over again, like gravity) and the ‘historical sciences’ (which study things which happen just once in history, like the Battle of Hastings). "
science  anthropology  definition  boundary-policing  self-definition  controversy  academic  fields 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: "Dangerous"
David Sirota responds to Nate Silver post on rational v. radical progressives
politics  progressive  progressivism  rhetoric  boundary-policing  rational  radical 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Progressive Confusion
response to Nate Silver article on rational v. radical progressives
politics  progressivism  definition  boundary-policing  radical  rational  progressive 
february 2009 by tsuomela
They Bellow ‘Til We’re Deaf — Crooked Timber
The argument of the piece (discounting some broader sociological claims) goes something like this. We are seeing a hybridization of Genre (i.e. SF, or as Kunkel calls it, ‘sci fi’) and Literature around a small set of shared tropes, which is a Very Bad Thing, because it vitiates Literature’s fascination with the complexity of the individual, and turns Literary Fiction into a higher class of potboiler.
fiction  literature  sf  criticism  definition  character  boundaries  genre  boundary-policing 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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