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Is Ours the Best World Ever? | Commonweal Magazine
Review, written by Gary Gutting, of Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.
book  review  enlightenment  anti-enlightenment  scientism 
march 2018 by tsuomela
A Peculiar Oceanography - The Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Island of Knowledge : The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning author: Marcelo Gleiser publisher: Basic Books"
book  review  philosophy  scientism  sts 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Cliodynamics
"Empires rise and fall, populations and economies boom and bust, world religions spread or wither... What are the mechanisms underlying such dynamical processes in history? Are there 'laws of history'? We do not lack hypotheses to investigate - to take just one instance, more than two hundred explanations have been proposed for why the Roman Empire fell. But we still don't know which of these hypotheses are plausible, and which should be rejected. More importantly, there is no consensus on what general mechanisms explain the collapse of historical empires. What is needed is a systematic application of the scientific method to history: verbal theories should be translated into mathematical models, precise predictions derived, and then rigorously tested on empirical material. In short, history needs to become an analytical, predictive science"
science  history  scientism  prediction 
september 2013 by tsuomela
The Science Delusion by Curtis White, reviewed. - Slate Magazine
"When Richard Dawkins was named the world’s “Top Thinker” in a poll recently published by Prospect magazine, it was hard to avoid the suspicion that the world—or at least that part of it that votes in such polls—must have an impoverished sense of what constitutes a vital or transformative intellectual figure. "
book  review  scientism 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Philosophy Is Not a Science - NYTimes.com
"The intellectual culture of scientism clouds our understanding of science itself. What’s more, it eclipses alternative ways of knowing — chiefly the philosophical — that can actually yield greater certainty than the scientific. While science and philosophy do at times overlap, they are fundamentally different approaches to understanding. So philosophers should not add to the conceptual confusion that subsumes all knowledge into science. "
scientism  science  philosophy  discipline  knowledge  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Social Sciences’ ‘Physics Envy’ - NYTimes.com
"This might seem like a worthy aspiration. Many social scientists contend that science has a method, and if you want to be scientific, you should adopt it. The method requires you to devise a theoretical model, deduce a testable hypothesis from the model and then test the hypothesis against the world. If the hypothesis is confirmed, the theoretical model holds
social-science  methodology  philosophy  scientism  epistemology  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Economics Debunked: Chapter Two for Sixth Graders « naked capitalism
"That means one way to figure out whether mainstream economics makes sense is to see what the assumptions are, and to try to decide whether those assumptions make sense. For example, what were Samuelson’s assumptions? What were Arrow and Debreu’s assumptions?

Samuelson had one big assumption, that economists call ergodicity.

[Teacher pauses to give kids time to stumble over the word.]

When they say ergodicity, they mean that no matter what happens in the world, in the end, everything will reach a point whether things stop changing. That point is called the “equilibrium.” At the equilibrium, everyone will end up with a certain amount of money. The amount of money that everybody gets at the equilibrium depends on how talented they are, and not on anything that happened before. So if you rob a bank, it won’t matter because when you get to the equilibrium, if you’re stupid, you will still have the same amount of money you would have had if you didn’t rob the bank."
economics  history  story  mathematics  modeling  scientism  sts 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Economics Debunked: Chapter Two for Sixth Graders « naked capitalism
"That means one way to figure out whether mainstream economics makes sense is to see what the assumptions are, and to try to decide whether those assumptions make sense. For example, what were Samuelson’s assumptions? What were Arrow and Debreu’s assumptions?

Samuelson had one big assumption, that economists call ergodicity.

[Teacher pauses to give kids time to stumble over the word.]

When they say ergodicity, they mean that no matter what happens in the world, in the end, everything will reach a point whether things stop changing. That point is called the “equilibrium.” At the equilibrium, everyone will end up with a certain amount of money. The amount of money that everybody gets at the equilibrium depends on how talented they are, and not on anything that happened before. So if you rob a bank, it won’t matter because when you get to the equilibrium, if you’re stupid, you will still have the same amount of money you would have had if you didn’t rob the bank."
economics  history  story  mathematics  modeling  scientism  sts 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Science Warriors' Ego Trips - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Critical review of science boosterism "..the latest of a now common genre of science patriotism, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science From Bunk (University of Chicago Press), by Massimo Pigliucci"
book  review  science  skepticism  attitude  denial  scientism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: The Real Struggle Behind Climate Change - A War on Expertise
David Brin on experts and climate science - "Chris Mooney documents how relentless this agenda has been, in The Republican War on Science. Though, let's be fair. If films like Avatar are any indication, a variant of dour anti-scientific fever rages on the left, as well.

This is the context in which we should reconsider the Climate Change Denial Movement. While murky in its scientific assertions -- (some claim the Earth isn't warming, while others say the ice-free Arctic won't be any of our doing) -- the core contention remains remarkably consistent. It holds that the 99% of atmospheric scientists who believe in GCC are suborned, stupid, incompetent, conspiratorial or untrustworthy hacks."
climate  global-warming  expertise  public-policy  science  culture-war  history  scientism  technocracy  conspiracy  deceit 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Diagnosis: What Doctors Are Missing - The New York Review of Books
Reviews and comments on evidence-based medicine.
Carrying the Heart: Exploring the Worlds Within Us by F. González-Crussi
The Deadly Dinner Party and Other Medical Detective Stories by Jonathan A. Edlow, M.D.
book  review  medicine  health  evidence  scientism 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Failure of Macroeconomics « ThinkMarkets
it is not simply a matter of finding the right explanation of the recent financial meltdown and recession. The search by most macroeconomists is constrained by a certain set of unquestioned methodological precepts. These precepts go to the heart of the conception of Economics as a Science.
economics  macroeconomic  methodology  ideology  scientism  certainty  mathematics  modeling 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: America's White Underclass
Sister, most of us live anecdotal lives in an anecdotal world. We survive by our wits and observations, some casual, others vital to our sustenance. That plus daily experience, be it good bad or ugly as the ass end of a razorback hog. And what we see happening to us and others around us is what we know as life, the on-the-ground stuff we must deal with or be dealt out of the game. There's no time for rigorous scientific analysis. Nor need.
class  labor  underclass  race  poverty  america  statistics  scientism  anecdote  evidence 
july 2009 by tsuomela

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