Μερικά λόγια από τον συγγραφέα του Bad Science.

Ο συμπαθής Μπεν Γκόλντακερ έγραψε ένα βιβλίο (το έχω διαβάσει, πολύ ωραίο -κυκλοφορεί και στα ελληνικά) και έδωσε μια ομιλία όπου μιλάει για την ομοιοπαθητική, την διατροφολογία, αλλά και για το πώς τελικά παρουσιάζεται λάθος η επιστήμη στα ΜΜΕ και στην κοινωνία. Να ένα απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο.

My basic hypothesis is this: the people who run the media are humanities graduates with little understanding of science, who wear their ignorance as a badge of honour. Secretly, deep down, perhaps they resent the fact that they have denied themselves access to the most significant developments in the history of Western thought from the past two hundred years; but there is an attack implicit in all media coverage of science: in their choice of stories, and the way they cover them, the media create a parody of science. On this template, science is portrayed as groundless, incomprehensible, didactic truth statements from scientists, who themselves are socially powerful, arbitrary, unelected authority figures. They are detached from reality; they do work that is either wacky or dangerous, but either way, everything in science is tenuous, contradictory, probably going to change soon and, most ridiculously, ‘hard to understand’. Having created this parody, the commentariat then attack it, as if they were genuinely critiquing what science is all about.

Να και άλλη μία ομιλία του, που εστιάζει στις αντιεπιστημονικές και εσφαλμένες τακτικές των φαρμακευτικών βιομηχανιών.

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