‘Our culture’s criterion of acceptability is not “Is it right?” but “Does it work?”’… Read the rest
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‘Our leaders aren’t diminishing the importance of race, but fuelling sectarianism.’… Read the rest
Birmingham city council and government funding regimes have fuelled this hostility.… Read the rest
More Fuller. I’ve been reading the transcript (and so has Stewart, see his comments on I Employ Methods). It’s time to share.
A. Well, you might say as a philosopher I’m
professionally dissatisfied with all explanations that
claim to be final. And so there is going to be a
special suspicion sort of drawn toward the
taken-for-granted theories in any given discipline.
Q. So you’re not saying that intelligent design
is the correct or the better explanation for
No, I’m not. I’m certainly not. They’re
not – they haven’t developed it enough to really be
in a position to make any kind of definitive judgment
of that kind…I want to see where
intelligent design goes, frankly. I mean,
Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District transcripts and more. Pdf files.… Read the rest
Steve Fuller. I’ve been browsing in some of my books, leafing through indexes, consulting bibliographies. Steve Fuller.
Here is a passage from Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont’s Fashionable Nonsense pp. 97-98:
Let us read it as a methodological principle for a sociologist of science who does not himself have the scientific competence to make an independent assessment of whether the experimental/observational data do in fact warrant the conclusions the scientific community has drawn from them. In such a situation, the sociologist will be understandably reluctant to say that ‘the scientific community under study came to conclusion X because X is the way the world really is’ – even if it is in fact the case that X is the way
Blair, more accurately, refers to threats.… Read the rest
The more religious schools there are, the more children will be separated by religious categories.… Read the rest
Islamic Feminism cites misogynistic distortions of the teachings in the Koran. … Read the rest
Calls for wiping people off maps tend to raise alarm.… Read the rest
Aide to Dick Cheney resigns after indictment.… Read the rest
‘Even if no prosecutions are brought, the Act will inhibit public debate on issues of great importance.’… Read the rest
Guardian/ICM poll shows 64% agree ‘the government should not be funding faith schools of any kind’.… Read the rest
White liberals have dismissed intellectuals critical of their ancestral cultures as inauthentic.… Read the rest
Parents sue council over refusal to bus Jewish children 30 miles across the Pennines. … Read the rest
Bush is being especially irritating today. No he’s not, he’s always this irritating, but there are a lot of examples of that around today and recently. I feel like gathering a few of them together.
He didn’t get to appoint his friend to the Supreme Court – no fair.
Harriet Miers, the US president’s nominee for the supreme court, announced today she had withdrawn her name from consideration. Ms Miers, who is George Bush’s former personal lawyer, had been facing growing opposition amid questions about her qualifications and claims of cronyism.
Gee, I can’t imagine why. Just because she’s never done any judging. Just because she’s totally unqualified, and wouldn’t be nominated for even the smallest localest judicial post if … Read the rest
Well great. Janeya Hisle of the Pennsylvania ACLU took extensive notes on Steve Fuller’s testimony, so we can explore his linkage of social constructionism with creationism more thorougly. Thank you Janeya Hisle.
According to Dr. Fuller, scientific methods are inherently discriminatory and designed to shut out alternative ideas. For example: peer review. The reviewers are rarely a representative group but a “self-perpetuating elite.” By evaluating a scientist’s track record and publications, the process discriminates against young scientists with new or unpopular ideas. Dr. Fuller said that these same scientists might also have unequal access to grant funding. He suggested that an affirmative action program for scientists with alternative ideas might be one way to address this economic bias.
Yup – … Read the rest
ACLU official takes thorough notes; Fuller says interesting things…… Read the rest
Segregating children according to parents’ superstitions a great way to create a volatile, violent town.… Read the rest