Monday, July 23, 2012

Schliesser on July 23rd
"We hereby commit ourselves not to accept invitations to male-only events. We call on others to join us."
on July 19th
"I don't call for an academic boycott of the Feyerabend conference. "

"we should try (i) to get our own academic houses in order (I mention my concern over plagiarism in context) before (ii) we try to use boycotts for other political ends--we end up being way too selective (not to mention futile)"
Nothing more to say. For recent history go here

"I am not a promoter of a 'scientific philosophy,' I inherited it as a tradition (or 'school')"

Mohan Matthen responds:"Let me say that I do NOT support their call. I will NOT decline invitations on this basis." My comment above -quoting Schliesser- appears there.

I wouldn't pay any attention if they were engineers or chemists; I wouldn't expect chemists to have a sophisticated understanding of politics. But that there's no reason either to expect that of philosophy professors is a problem for historians, of philosophy and of the culture at large.

A brilliant one sentence description of a trait that unfortunately he sees only in others, Atrios, on gun nuts blaming the dead: "Heroism isn't generosity to them, just a sense of personal infallibility."

The last few posts: an impressive array of examples of cognitive dissonance.

Myanna Lahsen: Experiences of Modernity in the Greenhouse [PDF]
This paper identifies cultural and historical dimensions that structure US climate science politics. It explores why a key subset of scientists—the physicist founders and leaders of the influential George C. Marshall Institute—chose to lend their scientific authority to this movement which continues to powerfully shape US climate policy. The paper suggests that these physicists joined the environmental backlash to stem changing tides in science and society, and to defend their preferred understandings of science, modernity, and of themselves as a physicist elite—understandings challenged by on-going transformations encapsulated by the widespread concern about human-induced climate change.
You can find a discussion and link to another paper here

repeats: all cognition is cultural

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