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March 05, 2004

Enemies of research

Godless' post from earlier this week, Enemies of Science, highlighted the battering from the cultural commanding heights of the the political Left that science is taking. This assault takes the broad-view, and aims at the foundations of science, its methods and aims, and often slides into attempts to knock the scientific tradition from its pedestal in the modern world ("deprivilege" it).

Reason as Our Guide, a piece from two scientists associated with The President's Council on Bioethics, shows the strategy from the Right (both secular Straussian and religious Christian), undermine specific research projects and paradigms. While the Left seems to be aiming for intellectual decapitation, the Right takes the more cautious tack of amputating avenues of inquiry and suffocating nasent fields, slowly rendering the body of science functionally irrelevant.

Of course, there are those on the Left & Right who disagree with this general trend.

Here is Ron Bailey going on one of his periodic Kass-attacks (via Virginia Postrel).

Posted by razib at 06:47 PM