The Flight from Science and Reason

The Flight from Science and Reason

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 44.45mm | 900g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0801856760
  • 9780801856761

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"[This book] reflects the views of 40 scholars, scientists, adn other experts...Each author speaks strongly to critics of the scientific methods and to those who acquiesce to mystics, radical environmentalists, and creationists. They also issue a powerful exhonaration to turn back this trend and revert to reliance on reason and logic."--'Science News'
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About Paul R. Gross

Paul R. Gross, former director of the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, is University Professor of Life Sciences and director of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia. Norman Levitt is professor of mathematics at Rutgers University and the author of 'Grassmannians and Gauss Maps in Piecewise-Linear Topology'. Martin W. Lewis is professor of geography at Duke University and the author of 'Green Delusions: An Environmentalist Critique of Radical Environmentalism.'
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