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With the emergence of cultural studies The Academic PDFEPUB #232 and the blurring of once clear academic boundaries scholars are turning to Higher Superstition Epubsubjects far outside their trad Another dreary attack by physics cultists on the humanities Gross wants to defend science and though the enemies of science these days are on the Right climate change deniers anti evolutionists his targets are postmodernist and post structuralist thinkers of the academic Left He seems to be terrified of studies that look at science in a cultural context or of critical theory that asks who gets to define and impose knowledge in society Any discipline that asks simple humanities oriented uestions who gets to decide what science is for who decides what kinds of knowledge we think are valuable why do we do science this particular way is immediately derided as soft and as anti science Gross wants to take science out of culture and politics and social structures and make it into a kind of pure method where no outside influences ever shape what scientists look for see or agree to find acceptable Call this one rant by the physics cultists against the idea that knowledge might not be self evident or that there may not be One Right Answer yielded by hard science that everyone should instantly accept

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Higher Superstition The Academic Left and Its uarrels with Science

Itional disciplines and areas of expertise In Higher Superstition scientists Paul Gross and Norman Levitt Superstition The Academic eBook #9734 raise serious uestions about the growing criticism Two smug conservatives go yah boo sucks at leftie straw men That s not uite an accurate summary of this book but it conjures up perfectly my feelings all the while I was reading it revulsion at the abominably orotund and self congratulatory writing style profound irritation that despite a half hearted attempt in the introductory pages to claim non partisanship the authors were framing their very justified criticisms of sloppy antiscientific thinking as a political left right battle A full 100% of Republican SenateHouse candidates this Fall reject the science of climate change The leaders of the campaigns against the science linking tobacco smoke to disease against the science showing the depletion of the ozone layer against the science demonstrating the reality of evolution against the science that showed SDI wouldn t work and now against the science indicating the world is warming it is nary impossible to find a leftie amongst them But you cry Gross s and Leavitt s real targets are the postmodernistssocial constructivists who re definitely a bunch of lefties no Well okay if you think that people like Nietsche and Nazi Party member Heidegger two of the primary inspirations of that school are lefties To be fair some of the authors targets are of the left for example that branch of feminism which tried to twist science for ideological reasons but this is by no means uniformly the case Antiscientific idiots are to be found all across the political spectrum but the majority of them seem always to be on the political rightI succeeded in ploughing through this book because I had to for the sake of research What s depressing is that behind the tone of infantile sneer there s some very valuable stuff being said But I imagine that most of the people who should be reading it will have thrown the book at the wall in disgust long before they get that far

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Of science by humanists and social scientists on the academic left This Superstition The Academic Left and PDF or paperback edition of Higher Superstition includes a new afterword by the authors This is the hardest I ve laughed for any book in my 2017 reading theme Higher Superstition is a wickedly perceptive takedown of the absurdities of the academic postmodern left and their perspectivist critiue of science Gross and Levitt defend the epistemological integrity of science from the relativist onslaught with a biting wit and a cavalier disregard for political correctness The book is a useful conservative counterbalance to Otto s generally liberal The War on ScienceOriginally published in 1994 this book just pre dates Harold Bloom s eually hilarious and unapologetic The Western Canon Similar in conservative approach and acidic tone both works take on The School of Resentment and its attack on the foundations of Western culture and civilization On the menu for evisceration are Marxists feminists Afro centrists and relativists and ecotopians for good measure I suspect that neither book could find a publisher courageous enough to publish it todayThe core argument of the book is that postmodern critiues that treat science as just another self referential discursive community fail to appreciate the uniue self correcting relationship that science has with reality Gross and Levitt do a remarkably good job surveying the giants of the philosophy of science from Kuhn and Feyerabend to Latour and Shapin I found his refutation of relativism compelling and his no holds barred demolition of leftist misinterpretations of chaos theory to be satisfyingly brutalSpeaking of brutality here s a list of some of the sickest burns in the book To put the matter brutally science works What Hayles does is not analysis It is name dropping This is exhilarating it is radicalism without risk Wishful thinking is the customary name for this such analysis There is not masculinist or feminist science just good and bad science Apocalyptic movements don t do honest and comprehensive costbenefit analyses the only book foretelling the end of the world that routinely advertises next year s edition Science is above all else a reality driven enterprise In sum we are accusing a powerful faction in modern academic life of intellectual dereliction One can t assume in these matters that possession of an advanced degree or a professorship euates to intellectual legitimacyThe book is full of uotes like these They makes the text a joy to read but also underscore how bitter discourse in the academy has become Gross and Levitt echo Bloom by highlighting this resentment It is impossible to understand fully the academic left s attack on science without taking into account how much resentment is embodied in it They argue that the humanities envy the increasing funding and prestige of science departments and thus they have leveled their constructivist weapons upon them Seems a bit too FreudianMy big takeaway was that much of the conflict between the left and science comes down to a matter of perspectivismPerspectivism on the left is the true legacy of the activism of the 1960s and early 1970s a time when it was assumed that the oppressed are endowed with uniuely privileged insights and that the intellectual as well as moral authority of victims is beyond challengeOverall this is a cranky but useful read It was certainly uite helpful in helping me frame some current scientific controversies in their recent historical contextA word of warning because the authors attempt to engage with contemporary postmodern academic literature the books is awash in complex confusing vocabulary hermeneutics comes up with astonishing freuency In general the vocabulary level of this book is uite high I often found myself having to look words up Maybe I shouldn t have been surprised after all we re neck deep in epistemology nowFull review and highlights at


10 thoughts on “Higher Superstition The Academic Left and Its uarrels with Science

  1. says:

    Imagine you held a belief so fervently that it superseded everything else in your life came above every other value principle or claim that you were exposed to for this almighty worldview and belief system was of utmost importance And imagine that the subject of your unyielding faith was unfortunately built upon faulty ideas flawe

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    Another dreary attack by physics cultists on the humanities Gross wants to defend science and though the enemies of science these days are on the Right climate change deniers anti evolutionists his targets are postmodernist and post structuralist thinkers of the academic Left He seems to be terrified of studies that look at science

  3. says:

    The Higher Superstition The Academic Left and Its uarrels with Science by Paul R Gross and Norman Levitt reveals the terrifying irrationality of the left wing elites that control the universities and the bullying tactics they use to enforce political correctness Silly French intellectual fads such as postmodernism have of course done much of the damage and Gross and Levitt have a good deal of fun demolishing thier foll

  4. says:

    I'm pulled in two uite different directions by this book so any endorsement comes with significant reservations First I must say that I largely agree with the primary thesis of this book postmodernists cultural constructivists radical environmentalists and other ideological groups in academia have put forth distressing inaccurate and poorly informed critiues of science or else have co opted science when it conveniently supports an agenda

  5. says:

    This is a really good book Academia is really full of crap these days Case in point uackademic medicine So called alternative medicine taught by reputable medical institutions There are pockets of real science being done here and there but

  6. says:

    Two smug conservatives go yah boo sucks at leftie straw men That's not uite an accurate summary of this book but it conjures up per

  7. says:

    This is the hardest I've laughed for any book in my 2017 reading theme Higher Superstition is a wickedly perceptive takedown of the absurdities of the academic postmodern left and their perspectivist critiue of science Gross and Levitt defend the epistemological integrity of science from the relativist onslaught with a biting wit and a cavalier disregard for political correctness The book is a useful conservative count

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    Skip this one I am biased in favor of the overall thesis but the presentation is exceedingly dry The authors are aping the puffed up language of those they are attacking and 250 pages is far too long for that particular joke When th

  9. says:

    This was a fairly interesting read Basically written in response to what many scientists view as an attack on the foundations of science from the academic left which is generally identified as post modernism Right off the bat they authors make clear their distaste of when social schools of thought interfere and attempt to put a spin on the scientific method Some culprits include multiculturalism feminism and environmentalism They clearly di

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    The target of this book postmodernism has thankfully dwindled in uantity and influence as its absurdities became undeniable Much of the book's relevance thus is past Still many of the arguments still apply to today's post truth attitudes Plus the take downs are fun to readHowever Gross and Levitt seriously fail with one of their arguments In arguing about extremist claims of the environmental movement they consider probability of the thre