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Culture wars revisited

Michael Lynch and Alan Sokal enagage in a most civil dialogue: Defending Science: An Exchange. Readers might also be interested in Susan Haack’s Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism and James Robert Brown’s Who Rules in Science?: An Opinionated Guide to the Wars – two cracking reads – and both past contributors to EPISTEME. Alan SokalChristian fundamentalismChristianityDavid HumeEpistemologyGodMICHAEL LYNCHReason

Zappa takes on Bloom

Here’s a curiosity (well not really, Zappa was always the most articulate and most sceptical of “beat” composers). Here is Zappa responding to passages from Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. “On Junk Food for the Soul” New Perspective’s Quarterly, 1987 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THE NATURE OF MUSIC “Music is the soul’s primitive and primary speech……