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The Danger of Making Science Political - Puneet Opal - The Atlantic
I'm torn between the appeal of this and its astounding ignorance. "In other words, threats to scientific thinking can come from any quarter. What must be preserved is the pursuit of science away from irrational dogma. In that sense scientists should be completely nonpartisan. After all, the universe is what it is. The hurricanes, the flu epidemics, indeed all of reality does not really care about our political affiliations, but we distance ourselves from scientific thinking at our own peril."
science  science-wars  politicizing  republican  democrats  bipartisanship  rationality  public-understanding 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Krauss vs. the Philosophers
"Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Arizona State University, wrote a book on the physics of how "something can come from nothing," and thought it answered the old philosophical question to that effect. He got lots of praise from other philosophical ignoramuses, and then along came David Albert, a distinguished philosopher of physics at Columbia University (who even has a PhD in physics), who pointed out the confusions in a rather wicked, but as far as I can see apt, review in The New York Times. "
physics  philosophy  envy  overconfidence  science  science-wars  sts 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Evidence for Evolution, Rogers
With The Evidence for Evolution, Alan R. Rogers provides an elegant, straightforward text that details the evidence for evolution. Rogers covers different levels of evolution, from within-species changes, which are much less challenging to see and believe, to much larger ones, say, from fish to amphibian, or from land mammal to whale. For each case, he supplies numerous lines of evidence to illustrate the changes, including fossils, DNA, and radioactive isotopes. His comprehensive treatment stresses recent advances in knowledge but also recounts the give and take between skeptical scientists who first asked “how can we be sure” and then marshaled scientific evidence to attain certainty. The Evidence for Evolution is a valuable addition to the literature on evolution and will be essential to introductory courses in the life sciences.
book  publisher  evolution  science  science-wars  intelligent-design 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Michael Bérubé for Democracy Journal: The Science Wars Redux
"Fifteen years ago, it seemed to me that the Sokal Hoax was making that kind of deal impossible, deepening the “two cultures” divide and further estranging humanists from scientists. Now, I think it may have helped set the terms for an eventual rapprochement, leading both humanists and scientists to realize that the shared enemies of their enterprises are the religious fundamentalists who reject all knowledge that challenges their faith and the free-market fundamentalists whose policies will surely scorch the earth. "
culture-war  science-wars  science  history  political-correctness  1990s  postmodernism  critical-theory 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Scientists Know Better Than You--Even When They're Wrong: Scientific American
How do you distinguish the people who can and can't contribute to a specialized field?
The key to the whole thing is whether people have had access to the tacit knowledge of an esoteric area—tacit knowledge is know-how that you can't express in words.
science  sts  science-wars  expertise  experience  evaluation  judgment  knowledge  implicit  specialization 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Rationally Speaking: Could it be? Science critics calls for a truce
reaction to Harry Collins article in Nature "We cannot live by skepticism alone"
science  sociology  science-wars  postmodernism  criticism 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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