By Professor Paul R. Gross, Professor Norman Levitt, Professor Martin W. Lewis
"Evidence of a flight from cause is as previous as human record-keeping: the very fact of it definitely is going again an excellent longer means. Flight from technological know-how particularly, one of the different types of rational inquiry, is going again so far as technology itself... yet rejection of cause is now a trend to be present in such a lot branches of scholarship and in the entire discovered professions."--from the introduction
In the commonly acclaimed better Superstition: the tutorial Left and Its Quarrels with technological know-how, Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt provided a lively reaction to the "science bashers", elevating severe questions about the turning out to be feedback of medical perform from humanists and social scientists at the educational left. Now, within the Flight from technological know-how and cause, Gross and Levitt are joined by way of Martin W. Lewis to collect a various and amazing team of students, scientists, and specialists to interact those questions from a large choice of perspectives.
The authors tackle critics of technology whose perspectives diversity from average to severe, from social constructivists to deconstructionists, from creationists and feminists to Afro-centrists. They speak about the increase of "alternative medication" and radical environmentalism (here skewered as "ecosentimentalism"). They clarify why the "uncertainty precept" doesn't paintings as a metaphor for ambiguity, and why "chaos thought" can't be invoked with no an knowing of arithmetic. all through, they grapple with the ambiguity inherent in arguing with rivals who contend that cause itself, and hence common sense, is suspect.
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We certainly cannot attain it as long as the two great branches of human knowledge, the sciences and the humanities, remain separate and even warring disciplines .... To my mind, the value of science or [the humanities] lies not in the subject matter alone, or even in greater part. It lies chiefly in the spirit and living tradition in which these [different] disciplines are pursued .... Our problem is to blend these two traditions .... The greatest difficulty which stands in the way ... [is] communication.
Editors of scientific journals and program officers at the funding agencies Conduct and Misconduct GOODSTEIN 37 have the most to gain from peer review, and they steadfastly refuse to believe that anything might be wrong with the system. Their jobs are made easier because they have never had to take responsibility for decisions. They are also never called to account for their choice of referees, who in any case always have the proper credentials. Since the referees perform a professional service, almost always without pay, the primary responsibility of the editor or program officer is to protect the referee.