[ Read ] ➳ Higher Superstition Author Paul R. Gross – Writerscompany.co.uk

Higher Superstition If you want to understand how ridiculous the postmodern critique of science is, read about Alan Sokal s prank article in Social Text, and the ensuing debate Skip this turgid, bloated diatribe.Hundreds of pages of minute exegesis of ridiculous social and literary criticism, of the kind that would fall over from This is a really good book Academia is really full of crap these days Case in point quackademic medicine So called alternative medicine taught by reputable medical institutions There are pockets of real science being done here and there but the rest of it is all sell out, fads and ideol With The Emergence Of Cultural Studies And The Blurring Of Once Clear Academic Boundaries, Scholars Are Turning To Subjects Far Outside Their Traditional Disciplines And Areas Of Expertise In Higher Superstition Scientists Paul Gross And Norman Levitt Raise Serious Questions About The Growing Criticism Of Science By Humanists And Social Scientists On The Academic Left This Paperback Edition Of Higher Superstition Includes A New Afterword By The Authors. I m pulled in two quite different directions by this book, so any endorsement comes with significant reservations First, I must say that I largely agree with the primary thesis of this book postmodernists, cultural constructivists, radical environmentalists, and other ideological groups in academia have put forth distressing, inaccurate, and poorly informed critiques of science or else have co opted science when it conveniently supports an agenda and then deny the le Necesario si uno quiere entender c mo disciplinas del calibre de los estudios culturales que no son ni una cosa ni la otra han contaminado y prostituido el discurso cient fico, y c mo la ciencia trata de resistir este ataque que, en aras de ser m s correcto, resulta ser Skip this one I am biased in favor of the overall thesis, but the presentation is exceedingly dry The authors are aping the puffed up language of those they are attacking, and 250 pages is far too long for that particular joke When the authors simply summarize work they waded through while they were preparing the book, the reader is treated to such gems as Hunter Adams, an apparently respected academic who, in his zeal to promote African culture, has made claims that ancient Egyptian science Skip this one I am biased in favor of the overall thesis, but the presentation is exceedingly dry The authors are aping the puffed up language of those they are attacking, and 250 pages is far too long for that particular joke When the authors simply summarize work they waded through while they were preparing the book, Two smug conservatives go yah boo sucks at leftie straw men That s not quite an accurate summary of this book, but it conjures up perfectly my feelings all the while I was reading it revulsion at the abominably orotund and self congratulatory writing style, profound irritation that despite a half hearted attempt in the introductory pages to claim non partisanship the authors were framing their very justified criticisms of sloppy, antiscientific thinking as a political left right battle Two smug conservatives go yah boo sucks at leftie straw men That s not quite an accurate summary of this book, but it conjures up perfectly my feelings all the while I was reading it revulsion at the abominably orotund and self congratulatory writing style, profound irritation that despite a half hearted attempt in the introductory pages to claim non partisanship the authors were framing their very justified criticisms of sloppy, antiscientific thinking as a political left right b This was a fairly interesting read Basically written in response to what many scientists view as an attack on the foundations of science from the academic left which is generally identified as post modernism Right off the bat they authors make clear their distaste of when social schools of thought interfere and attempt to put a spin on the scientific method Another dreary attack by physics cultists on the humanities Gross wants to defend science , and though the enemies of science these days are on the Right climate change deniers, anti evolutionists his targets are postmodernist and post structuralist thinkers of the academic Left He seems to be terrified of studies that look at science in a cultural context, or of critical theory that asks who gets to define and impose knowledge in society Any discipline that asks simple humanities Another dreary attack by physics cultists on the humanities Gross wants to defend science , and though the enemies of science these days are on the Right climate change deniers, anti evolutionists his targets are postmodernist and post structuralist thinkers of the academic Left He seems to be terrified of studies that look at science in a cultural context, or of critical theory that asks who gets to define and impose knowledge in society Any discipline that asks simple humanities oriented questions who gets to decide what science is for who decides what kinds of knowledge we think are valuable why do w The Higher Superstition The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science by Paul R Gross and Norman Levitt reveals the terrifying irrationality of the left wing elites that control the universities and the bullying tactics they use to enforce political correctness Silly French intellectual fads such as postmodernism have of course done much of the damage and Gross and Levitt have a good deal of fun demolishing thier follies They were also among the first to draw attention to the lies being to The Higher Supe

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