June 1, 2001



The Troubles with Science
by Henry Bauer

  THE MODERN WORLD HAS BECOME FATALLY ADDICTED TO SCIENCE. In the beginning, the natural sciences were simply humankind's storehouse of knowledge about the mechanics of the world. But increasingly, since the late 19th century, science has become a universal role model for how to acquire knowledge. Science-based metaphors pervade our words and thoughts. Science is now our very arbiter of truth, and has even become a surrogate religion. Science now occupies an impossibly demanding cultural role and, inevitably, misconceptions about it are rampant. Therein lies the root of the troubles with science. Curing those troubles requires that we understand what science's manifold faces are and allow each to have only as much influence as it really deserves.
  About Henry Bauer
  HENRY BAUER is Austrian by birth, Australian by education, and American by choice (since 1969). For some 25 years, he taught chemistry and carried on research in electrochemistry at the Universities of Sydney (Australia), Michigan, Southampton (England), and Kentucky. In the 1970s he turned to general issues relating to scientific activity, in particular how to differentiate science from pseudo-science. He has also served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, held appointments in the university's Center for the Study of Science in Society, and taught both undergraduate and graduate programs in humanities and science & technology studies. Upon retirement from teaching at the end of 1999, he became Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. He has authored several books, the latest of which is Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies.
  Fatal Attractions
by Henry Bauer
Paraview Press Trade Paper Original
Pub. Date: June 1, 2001
ISBN: 1-931044-28-7 Science
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