Friday, October 21, 2016

STAT: Against Keeping Politics Out Of Science

facepalm

   Wow. I have had a rough week, and I'm about to relax with some rye and beer and L4D2. I'm not going to waste 20 minutes pointing out what's wrong with that article. Maybe I will later... But it's pretty damn obvious. Nobody around here needs me to. Though...RPR doesn't exactly take potshots--it merely posts abstracts. If you don't want people making fun of some nonsense that you wrote, then my suggestion would be to stop writing nonsense. But that's just me.
   Oh, and then there's this paragraph, a critical thinking class in microcosm:
Another problem with faulting research for its political content is that knowing where to stop is impossible. The lines are completely arbitrary and subjective — which is the antithesis of science. Accepting that a field like gender studies is hopelessly politicized and worthy of scorn admits the possibility that astronomy and hydrodynamics are, too.
Come to think of it...I am going to use that in my CT class. Many of my students will be able to clearly explain what's wrong with that paragraph. Kinda funny that Oransky and Marcus couldn't see it...

2 Comments:

Anonymous c0vek said...

That quote is just priceless. It's akin to saying "Cars get flat tires, therefore boats do also, as they are both means of transportation."

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, to hell with defining science by its method(s)! If anything can be nominally construed as science just do that, I suppose.

What is it with journalists who have little-to-no scientific background speaking authoritatively about science? It's as if they decided to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ted Talks, and think that the truths of the universe have been immediately afforded to them.

Perhaps this is a bit strawman-y, but these types of articles really grate on my nerves.

1:17 PM  

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