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Anti-Science Not Science? The Case of Parapsychology,” in Counter-Movements in the Sciences: The Sociology of Alternatives to Big Science , ed. Helga Nowotny and Hilary Rose (Boston, MA: Reidel Publishing, 1979), 223–24. 5 Lawrence Torcello, “The Ethics of Belief, Cognition, and Climate Change

In: Populism

Chapter 14 Dissolving Rationality: the Anti-Science Phenomenon and Its Implications for the Study of Religion DonaldWiebe As is well known, the current status of the study of religion legitimated in our modern Western universities is the result of successful argumentation on the part of our

In: The Science of Religion: A Defence
The making of the first genetically modified plants and the people who did it
'Using Nature's Shuttle' is a suspenseful, by turns comic or tragic, but always lively account of how young, idealistic scientists - often the first of their families to go to a university - engaged in basic research that led them to make history in the new fields of plant microbiology and molecular biology. The book passes on the true story of what young scientists in a public Belgian university learned about a million-year-old single cell soil bacterium. This bacterium was able to genetically modify certain plants to produce food that only that bacterium strain could eat. These scientists and their colleagues and rivals figured out how to use that knowledge to genetically modify a variety of plants to make them safer and healthier for man, beast, and the environment. Their genetic modifications made plants cheaper and easier for farmers to grow as well as capable of improving the health and welfare of people in the Third World. The author, Judith M. Heimann, a former diplomat and writer of three published non-fiction books and contributor to two TV documentaries based on them, tells this multi-sided story chiefly through the information she gathered by conducting intensive interviews of each of more than two dozen of the scientists involved. She sees this book as presenting the actual science, as opposed to the current rash of anti-science on this subject, and as encouraging a new generation of young people to opt for careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics subjects).

divided by the irrationality of trauma (a form of anti-science) has been explored since the late-eighteenth century by the amorality of Goethe’s Faust and Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the context of European romanticism. This paper draws a parallel between eighteenth century trauma and the post

In: Villains and Heroes, or Villains as Heroes? Essays on the Relationship between Villainy and Evil

variations. It is essentially the culture of anti-science in the sense of opposition or suspicion to the pursuit of science and scientific progress for its own purpose and universal societal purposes, a species of anti-rationalistic antagonism that some apologists of dictatorial as laissez-faire capitalism

In: Capitalist Dictatorship

in the brain of all human beings. Given their unreflective belief in science, it is not surprising that Martin and Wiebe construct another straw man, this time ‘postmodernism’: “Our fourth assumption is that the current anti­theoretical and anti­science posturings of postmodernism have not

In: Conversations and Controversies in the Scientific Study of Religion

Theological Resistance to the Scientific Study of Religion: Values and the Value-Free Study of Religion 238 DonaldWiebe 14 Dissolving Rationality: the Anti-Science Phenomenon and Its Implications for the Study of Religion 256 DonaldWiebe 15 Transcending Religious Language: towards the Recovery of an Academic

In: The Science of Religion: A Defence

norms of evaluation, above all a coercive, repressive, and intrusive polity and a theocratic and irrational or anti-rational, i.e., superstitious and anti-science religion, as well as economic compulsion, agents, and interests, ideological dogmas, nationalism, etc. Therefore, like aesthetic art, in a

In: Identifying a Free Society

anti-science turn are deep and widespread. Another Hebrew University colleague of mine, the late Yaron Ezrahi, has linked this change to a fundamental epistemic shift in the political imagination of large population groups, moving from a dualistic cosmology, separating scientific facts and subjective

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In: Crisis Narratives in International Law

conventional thinking about populist policies, Krisztian Szabados’s article “Can We Win the War on Science? Understanding the Link between Political Populism and Anti-Science Politics” tests the hypothesis that “antiscience policy is an intrinsic part of the toolkit of political populism in general and that