Re: [asa] Undoing the war on science

From: George Murphy <GMURPHY10@neo.rr.com>
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 11:53:38 EST

In particular, it would be helpful to make what should be the obvious
distinction between scientific knowledge & views about the ethics of
science-based technologies.

Shalom
George
http://home.neo.rr.com/scitheologyglm

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexanian, Moorad" <alexanian@uncw.edu>
To: "Schwarzwald" <schwarzwald@gmail.com>; <asa@calvin.edu>
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:37 AM
Subject: RE: [asa] Undoing the war on science

> 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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> ________________________________
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> From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu on behalf of Schwarzwald
> Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 12:29 AM
> To: asa@calvin.edu
> Subject: Re: [asa] Undoing the war on science
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> 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.
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>
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:53 PM, John Walley <john_walley@yahoo.com> wrote:
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> 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:
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> > 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
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> > 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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