By Noretta Koertge
Cultural critics say that "science is politics by way of different means," arguing that the result of clinical inquiry are profoundly formed by means of the ideological agendas of robust elites. They base their claims on ancient case experiences purporting to teach the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist, capitalist, colonialist, and/or expert pursuits into the very content material of technological know-how. during this hard-hitting number of essays, participants provide crisp and specified evaluations of case reviews provided by way of the cultural critics as facts that medical effects let us know extra approximately social context than they do concerning the flora and fauna. Pulling no punches, they establish quite a few crude actual mistakes (e.g. that Newton by no means played any experiments) and egregious mistakes of omission, similar to the try and clarify the gradual improvement of fluid dynamics completely by way of gender bias. the place there are features of a mistaken account, or anything to be realized from it, they don't hesitate to assert so. Their objective is shoddy scholarship.
Comprising new essays by way of wonderful students of background, philosophy, and technology, this booklet increases a full of life debate to a brand new point of seriousness.
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Extra resources for A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science
We are left with two puzzles. Given what the basic tenets of postmodernism are, how did they ever come to be identified with a progressive political outlook? And given how transparently refutable they are, how did they ever come to gain such widespread acceptance? In the United States, postmodernism is closely linked to the movement known as multiculturalism, broadly conceived as the project of giving proper credit to the contributions of cultures and communities whose achievements have been historically neglected or undervalued.
38 Purists may worry about using any findings from modern science in understanding the past. As in other instances, purism leads quickly to absurdity. Should the military historian studying trench warfare between 1914 and 1918 abstain from drawing on a technical understanding of the effects of shell impacts on the landscape, of the spread of infectious disease, of the psychological consequences of life in the trenches—an understanding that may have been produced by reflecting on the events chronicled?
Yet practicing scientists have not always responded favorably to those arguments. ” 2 More recently, humanists and social scientists studying science have been viewed less as irrelevant dilettantes than as subversives dedicated to undermining scientific authority. The recent books by Paul Gross and Norman Levitt (Higher Superstition) and by Lewis Wolpert (The Unnatural Nature of Science) make it plain that distinguished scientists find large portions of the work done in the name of science studies ignorant, confused, and damaging.
A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About Science by Noretta Koertge