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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Myth of Disinterested Science

Roger Highfield, editor of the New Scientist, reviews the current dispute among internationally famed scientists on the subject of "kin selection" in evolutionary theory [don't worry, his article will explain what it is all about] and concludes:
The only conclusion is that the idea that science is a disinterested quest for truth, where only rational argument counts, is a myth. Like any human endeavour, it is swayed by fashions, by belief – and sometimes even by the lynch mob. 
That's something I have been saying for a long time. There is no such thing as a disinterested authority, scientific or otherwise.

Read Highfield's piece here.

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