Physician O Mahoney reveiewed a book by Harry Collins on the problem of science declining in respect.
O’Mahoney does grab on the trends that have taken scientists down in the estimation of the public, and he hits on important things like the postmodernists and deconstructionists, other factors are also discussed as a summary of the underlying tenets of the author. The review is a good review and an honest and balanced discussion of the issues. A most troubling thing that the enlightenment brought us the postmodernist nihilism with its twisting of intellectual disciplines by means of socialist dogma. The result was a disregard of the search for truth, sacrificing empirical and reliable inquiry and rules of science on the political fires.
The reviewer makes a very good point about the social and political nature of current scientific culture, even in places that would seem to be bastions of hard hard science–Gravity and Wave physics would seem to be immune from political agendas? Right?