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Walker Percy Wednesday 181

THE SOURCE OF THE ANTINOMY The general source of the antinomy is not to be found, as is sometimes alleged, in the nature of the subject, man, the culture member who practices science but needs myths. Such an anthropology is in the last analysis incoherent because it requires two sorts of men, scientists who observe…

Walker Percy Wednesday 175

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD issues in statements about the world. Whether one is a realist, pragmatist, operationalist, or materialist, one can hardly doubt that the various moments of the scientific enterprise–induction, hypothesis, deduction, theory, law–are all assertions of sorts. Even observation and verification are in the final analysis not the physiological happenings in which the retina…

Double helix

65 years ago today Watson and Crick discovered the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Alec StokesBiologyDNAFrancis Crickgeneticsjames watsonRosalind Franklinscience

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…

First Heart Transplant

Fifty years ago to the day Christiaan Barnard led the first successful(ish) heart transplant operation. I still think of this amazing achievement, here written up in the South African Medical Journal: the recipient Louis Washkansky; the donor Denise Darvall. And for those who have no idea who CB was, here are two obituaries: Telegraph and NYT. Christiaan BarnardDenise DarvallGroote Schuur Hospitalheart transplantLouis WashkanskyMedicinesciencesurgery