Science denial?: What planet are some people living on?
|June 30, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Science|
Abstract at ScienceDirect:
Science denialism poses a serious threat to human health and the long-term sustainability of human civilization. Although it has recently been rather extensively discussed, this discussion has rarely been connected to the extensive literature on pseudoscience and the science-pseudoscience demarcation. This contribution argues that science denialism should be seen as one of the two major forms of pseudoscience, alongside of pseudotheory promotion. A detailed comparison is made between three prominent forms of science denialism, namely relativity theory denialism, evolution denialism, and climate science denialism. Several characteristics are identified that distinguish science denialism from other forms of pseudoscience, in particular its persistent fabrication of fake controversies, the extraordinary male dominance among its activists, and its strong connection with various forms of right-wing politics. It is argued that the scientific response to science denialism has to be conceived with these characteristics in mind. In particular, it is important to expose the fabricated fake controversies for what they are and to reveal how science denialists consistently use deviant criteria of assent to distort the scientific process. (paywall) – Sven Ove Hansson, Department of Philosophy and History, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, More.
Does anyone know much about “relativity theory denialism”? As for evolution and climate science, these fields have been plagued by frauds and politicking since forever. See, for example, Jonathan Wells’s Zombie Science.
How can a person be so out of touch as to fail to see that most people, given access to information, would have legitimate doubts about evolution and climate science claims? And that is usually the reason they don’t believe the official version.
One concern today is, of course, is the serious efforts to control public access to news via the internet.
Maybe it’s social justice or something.
See also: Camilla Paglia on the collapse of journalism
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