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Title: Why science's crisis should not become a political battling ground
Author: Saltelli, Andrea
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: science's reproducibility
science's crisis
science's war
post-normal science
evidence-based policy
history and philosophy of science
science and technology studies
Issue Date: 17-Jul-2018
Publisher: Futures
Citation: Andrea, S. (2018). Why science's crisis should not become a political battling ground. Futures, 104(), 85-90. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2018.07.006
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Abstract: A science war is in full swing which has taken science's reproducibility crisis as a battleground. While conservatives and corporate interests use the crisis to weaken regulations, their opponent deny the existence of a science's crisis altogether. Thus, for the conservative National Association of Scholars NAS the crisis is real and due to the progressive assault on higher education with ideologies such as neo-Marxism, radical feminism, historicism, post-colonialism, deconstructionism, post-modernism, liberation theology. In the opposite field, some commentators claim that there is no crisis in science and that saying the opposite is irresponsible. These positions are to be seen in the context of the ongoing battle against regulation, of which the new rules proposed at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are but the last chapter. In this optic, Naomi Oreskes writes on Nature that what constitutes the crisis is the conservatives' attack on science. This evident right-left divide in the reading of the crisis is unhelpful and dangerous to the survival of science itself. An alternative reading ignored by the contendents would suggest that structural contradictions have emerged in modern science, and that addressing these should be the focus of our attention.
Language: English
ISSN: 0016-3287MIAR
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