RE: [asa] Undoing the war on science

From: Alexanian, Moorad <alexanian@uncw.edu>
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 11:37:16 EST

It is better to have a preliminary definition of what science is and what it is not first. Then we can have a sensible dialogue. Otherwise, we use the term in so many different, particular meanings and get nowhere.

 
Moorad

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Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 12:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [asa] Undoing the war on science

What constitutes an 'attack on science' in the so-called war is part of the problem. A lot of legitimate and reasonable positions or viewpoints on what are in part political or moral questions become part of the 'war on science' if someone feels that describing it as such will be advantageous. Have reservations about fetal stem-cell research? Congratulations, you're now declaring war on science! Other examples are easy to think of.

So long as people think traction and sympathy can be gained from describing a position they oppose as anti-scientific or an attack on science, little progress will be made here. Oddly, I think that's the real 'war on science' - turning it from a very limited method of inquiry to some strange social standard and political construct.

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:53 PM, John Walley <john_walley@yahoo.com> wrote:

        Although there is a kneejerk "war on science" reaction from the church, this reveals that the authors of this article have a war of their own, on Christian values.
        
        John
        
        
        --- On Wed, 12/3/08, gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU> wrote:
        
> From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
> Subject: Re: [asa] Undoing the war on science
> To: asa@calvin.edu
> Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 9:26 PM
        
> On Wed, 3 Dec 2008, John Burgeson (ASA member) wrote:
>
> >
> http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/back-to-reality/?th&emc=th
> >
> > is an interesting essay on "the war on
> science."
> >
> > -- Burgy
> >
>
> Although I agree with most of this article, I disagree with
> the assertion that abstinence-only sex education is an
> assault on science. Maybe, as they say, it doesn't work,
> but there is no reason why it must involve denying the facts
> of science.
>
> Gordon Brown (ASA member)
>
>
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