Flight from Science and Reason

ISBN-10: 0801856760

ISBN-13: 9780801856761

Edition: 1997 (Reprint)

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"Evidence of a flight from reason is as old as human record-keeping: the fact of it certainly goes back an even longer way. Flight from science specifically, among the forms of rational inquiry, goes back as far as science itself... But rejection of reason is now a pattern to be found in most branches of scholarship and in all the learned professions."--from the introduction In the widely acclaimed Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science, Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt offered a spirited response to the "science bashers", raising serious questions about the growing criticism of scientific practice from humanists and social scientists on the academic left. Now, in The Flight from Science and Reason, Gross and Levitt are joined by Martin W. Lewis to bring together a diverse and distinguished group of scholars, scientists, and experts to engage these questions from a wide variety of perspectives. The authors take on critics of science whose views range from moderate to extreme, from social constructivists to deconstructionists, from creationists and feminists to Afro-centrists. They discuss the rise of "alternative medicine" and radical environmentalism (here skewered as "ecosentimentalism"). They explain why the "uncertainty principle" does not work as a metaphor for ambiguity, and why "chaos theory" cannot be invoked without an understanding of mathematics. Throughout, they grapple with the paradox inherent in arguing with opponents who contend that reason itself, and thus logic, is suspect. Distributed for the New York Academy of Sciences
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Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: New York Academy of Sciences
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Introductory Remarks: Medicine Took an Earlier Flight
Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads
Conduct and Misconduct in Science
Mathematics as the Stepchild of Contemporary Culture
Concern for Truth: What It Means, Why It Matters
The Propensity to Believe
Flights of Fancy: Science, Reason, and Common Sense
Feelings and Beliefs
In Praise of Intolerance to Charlatanism in Academia
Quantum Philosophy: The Flight from Reason in Science
Physics and Common Nonsense
Science of Chaos or Chaos in Science?
"Sucking with Vampires": The Medicine of Unreason
Antiscience Trends in the Rise of the "Alternative Medicine" Movement
Constructivism in Psychotherapy: Truth and Consequences
Radical Environmental Philosophy and the Assault on Reason
Is Environmental Cancer a Political Disease?
Old Messages: Ecofeminism and the Alienation of Young People from Environmental Activism
Towards a Sober Sociology of Science
Wrestling with the Social Constructor
Voodoo Sociology: Recent Developments in the Sociology of Science
The Allure of the Hybrid: Bruno Latour and the Search for a New Grand Theory
Whatever Happened to Historical Evidence?
Building Bridges to Afrocentrism: A Letter to My Egyptological Colleagues
State of the Art/Science in Anthropology
Liberalism, Public Opinion, and Their Critics: Some Lessons for Defending Science
Pathological Social Science: Carol Gilligan and the Incredible Shrinking Girl
Why Feminist Epistemology Isn't
Feminist Epistemology: Stalking an Un-Dead Horse
The Science Question in Postcolonial Feminism
Are "Feminist Perspectives" in Mathematics and Science Feminist?
On Sitting Down to Read King Lears Once Again: The Textual Deconstruction of Shakespeare
Constructing Literature: Empiricism, Romanticism, and Textual Theory
Freudian Suspicion versus Suspicion of Freud
Ecosentimentalism: The Summer Dream beneath the Tamarind Tree
Two Sources of Unreason in Democratic Society: The Paranormal and Religion
Creationism, Ideology, and Science
The Flight from Reason: The Religious Right
Doubt, Certainty, Faith, and Ideology
Science, Reason, and Education
Scientific Literacy
Science Education and the Sense of Self
Afrocentric Pseudoscience: the Miseducation of African Americans
Notes on Contributors
Index of Contributors
Subject Index
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