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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Science And The Humanities

Read Cross Check by John Horgan
By all means engage with science, but engage with it critically, because science—contrary to what Pinker suggests–badly needs tough, informed criticism. As I said in a recent column, “it is precisely because science is so powerful that we need the humanities now more than ever.”

And his point is of tremendous importance, for in a world of experts, we tend to forget that some experts are luminaries and some are dimwitted buffoons.

Even Nobel prize winner Philip Lenard administered the Nazi science establishment: one feather-in-his-cap and one huge black eye on his resume.


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