And we have to put up with NAS too? AAARGH!
Steve Mizrach (SEEKER1@NERVM.NERDC.UFL.EDU)
Thu, 20 Oct 1994 01:29:38 +0000
>I thought you might like to hear that some seemingly rational survivors are
>adamantly struggling to regain the upper hand over the current onslaught of
>pseudoscientists and opportunist irrationalists. Especially, most especially
>those who believe they are clever, creative and original, and despise the
>conscientious student who believes science is a serious matter which demands
>a lot of reading, permanent learning, a rigorous attitude towards empirical
>grounds, and a great deal of self-criticism (which implies one's conviction
>that one is never clever enough).
Hmmm. I do think there are people out there clever and creative who are not
pseudoscientists or opportunist irrationalists, and some of them do a lot
of reading, believe they can always learn more, accept empirical evidence,
and are self-critical. Some may even be conscientious.
>SCIENCE (vol. 265), 9 September 1994, page 1508, published the following
> SCIENCE IS UNDER ATTACK
> * John Maddox said so in "Nature" (vol.368)
> * Gerald Holton said so in "Science and Anti-Science"
> * Richard S. Nicholson said so in "Science" (vol.261)
> * Paul R Gross and Norman Levitt said so in "Higher Superstition"
Oh no. Gross & Leavitt. Spillover from the STS list. I need a beverage.
Hmmm, one of the things I learned in skool wuz "just cuz they says so don't
mean it's so..."
>Formerly the attacks came from outside the academic and scientific
>disciplines. Increasingly, now, they come from within.
WHOA... A FIFTH COLUMN!
>These attacks are dangerous:
> * They undermine public confidence
> * They alter directions of research
> * They affect funding
> * They subvert the standards of reason and proof
They suggest science is a socially and culturally situated activity.
Occasionally, this results in results 1 through 3; I do not think it
results in result four.
>THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOLARS is an organization of academics and
>independent scholars formed to combat the irrationality and politicization
>now thriving in university life.
It's also an organization dedicated to fighting "political correctness" on
campus. Sorry, Hugh, this isn't slander. It's in their literature.
>Our conference on "Objectivity and Truth in the Natural Sciences, the Social
>Sciences and the Humanities" will take place November 11-13 at the Boston
>Marriott, Cambridge. Among our speakers are:
> * Steven Weinberg, Nobel Laureate in Physics, University of Texas
> * Gerald Holton, Mallinkrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University
> * Paul R. Gross, Professor of Life Sciences, University of Virginia
> * Gerald Weissmann, New York University Medical School
> * Michael McElroy, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard
Like somebody said, no social scientists or STS scholars. Hmmm, nobody from
the humanities either. (So what are they doing in the conference title?)
>For information about the conference, NAS membership, or our journal,
>"Academic Questions", write to:
> National Association of Scholars
> 575 Ewing Street
> Princeton, New Jersey 08540-2741
> 609 683 7878
> fax: 609 683 0316
> E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Juan Carlos Garelli, MD
> Attachment Research Center
> Juncal 1966, 6B, 1116 Buenos Aires, Argentina
> E-mail: email@example.com Fax: +54-1 812 5432
I can't shake this feeling; ANTHRO-L has suddenly become a spam magnet for
right wingers. Whoa, was that slanderous?
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