Who Rules in Science?

It’s the IYIs (technically speaking “bureaucrapic fuckwits”) who are deeming what is and what is not bona fide scientific knowledge — the decision handed down is seemingly an instance of an ignoratio elenchi. Some of the toughest-minded criticism of this generalized line of wooly thinking has surprisingly emanated from Canada in the form of James Robert Brown and André Kukla who led the charge in the wake of Sokal some two decades ago. It’s well-worth revisiting Brown’s Who Rules in Science?: An Opinionated Guide to the Wars freely available here along with an earlier companion volume Smoke and Mirrors that is also freely available here. I’d also recommend the hard-headed discussion by Kukla entitled Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Science.

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