A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths About by Noretta Koertge

By Noretta Koertge

Cultural critics say that "science is politics by way of different means," arguing that the result of medical inquiry are profoundly formed by way of the ideological agendas of strong elites. They base their claims on historic case experiences purporting to teach the systematic intrusion of sexist, racist, capitalist, colonialist, and/or expert pursuits into the very content material of technology. during this hard-hitting selection of essays, members supply crisp and exact opinions of case reports provided by means of the cultural critics as facts that clinical effects let us know extra approximately social context than they do in regards to the flora and fauna. Pulling no punches, they determine various crude actual error (e.g. that Newton by no means played any experiments) and egregious blunders of omission, comparable to the try to clarify the sluggish improvement of fluid dynamics completely by way of gender bias. the place there are good points of a incorrect account, or anything to be discovered from it, they don't hesitate to assert so. Their aim is shoddy scholarship.
Comprising new essays by way of unique students of background, philosophy, and technological know-how, this e-book increases a full of life debate to a brand new point of seriousness.

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34 Such an appeal is quite compatible with the recognition that there are serious and important differences in the processes by which people form their beliefs: Terrie the traveler differs from stay-at-home Sam because Terrie has seen things that Sam hasn't. Even though their different beliefs have much in common (perception plays an important role for both), the details are different (they've had different opportunities for perception). Sometimes, we're rightly prepared to make judgments about the quality of the processes through which beliefs have been formed.

A helpful first step in trying to understand disagreements about the role and status of science studies is to remind ourselves of these themes. In the most prominent areas of science, the research is progressive, and this progressive character is manifested in increased powers of prediction and intervention. Those increased powers of prediction and intervention give us the right to claim that the kinds of entities described in scientific research exist independently of our theorizing about them and that many of our descriptions are approximately correct.

The perennial worry voiced by some scientists about the distortion of a research agenda by practical concerns reinforces this thesis about the effects of society on science. The challenge for science studies is to do justice to both clusters. The history of science studies and Science Studies (the capitals refer to the current and controversial work in the field) shows an initial period (up to the 1960s), during which the first cluster dominated—scientists were conceived as asocial, logically omniscient beings whose work was shaped only by what occurred in the lab.

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