Is science value free? Can we trust ‘science’?
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on December 3, 2010
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Can we trust science?
Science is often touted to be the absolute standard by which the truth of anything can be assessed. Unfortunately ‘science’ does not just mean ‘rigorously logical/rational enquiry’ but is itself in many instances a belief system with its own ideology – often, as in the area of medicine, reductionist in its methods – and it is also an arena that has been corrupted by the influence of power, politics and money. The following are a list of links taken from
- Howard Zinn – Scientists should be critics of our culture, not its apologists and perpetuators
- Robert Young (Science as Culture) – The hidden culture of science and the role of criticism
- Václav Havel – Science breeds disintegration, doubt and extinction. So let us reassert Life
- Gary Marx – Research as social criticism (from Muckraking Sociology)
- Steve Fuller (Independent on Sunday) – Who’s afraid of science studies?
- Steve Fuller (Sekai) – Science Wars, the clash of science studies and orthodox science
- Paul Feyerabend – Science as myth versus science in a free society (from Against Method)
- Imran Javaid (Harvard Science Review) – Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
- Roger Schank (Educational Outrage) – Science as established facts or as critical debate?
- George Monbiot (Resurgence) – Science should be driven by ethics instead of money
- George Monbiot (Guardian) – End of academic freedom: science is selling out to business
- Marcia Angell (NEJM) – Is academic medicine for sale? | Science for sale | More
- Sheldon Rampton & John Stauber – The best science money can buy (from Trust Us, We’re Experts!)
- Chris Mooney (TomPaine.com) – When science is politicized by corporations and the Christian right
- The Independent – Mythology in the White House: the state sides with religion against science
- David King (GenEthics) – No more faits accomplis: science must open up to democratic control
- Samuel Epstein & Mae-Wan Ho – Open and impartial science advice (letter to the editor of Science)
- Philippe Rivière (Le Monde Diplomatique) – Knowledge: global public good or corporate property?
- Philippe Quéau (Le Monde Diplomatique) – Who owns knowledge? | Apartheid of pharmacology | More
- Brian Martin (Newsweek) – Suppression of dissent in science | More | Political refutation of a scientific theory
- Brian Martin (Thought & Action) – Advice for the dissident scholar
- Peter Montague (Rachel’s EHW) – The Precautionary Principle | Coping with scientific uncertainty
- Kevin Finneran (Issues in Science and Technology) – Close the gap between science and intellectuals
- Roslynn Haynes – From Faust to Strangelove: representations of the scientist in Western literature
- Robert Young – Values in science and nature as culture: we are all inescapably Social Darwinists