Inherit an Ill Wind, and Other Musings About Science

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4 Responses

  1. ja says:

    I agree that the field is overdue for a Kuhnian paradigm shift.
    I think the paper is weakened by the introduction of eugenics to clinch the case. eugenics presents moral problems, more than scientific ones.

  2. Aaron says:

    Thanks for the link to that memo. It was fascinating.

  3. Max Shenker says:

    It is interesting that in the same historical period during which Darwinism has been accepted by Biology, Physics has undergone several revolutions of thought. We have seen radical changes in understanding based on Einstein, then on Quantum Mechanics, and current work on String Theory. (In this context I am not sure I understand the Steven Weinberg quote.) Why has Biology been so resistant to change? I think that Sisson offers an excellent explanation of this problem in the section “Burden of Proof,” “To abandon an accepted theory without adopting an acceptable alternative is something scientists deeply resist, because it means moving from a position of claimed knowledge to a position of admitted ignorance.”

    Regarding the issue of bias in the sciences that Sisson also addresses, I recall a book I read in college by Stephen Jay Gould called The Mismeasure of Man. Gould analytically demonstrates the flawed science born out of the bias of proponents of Eugenics and Craniometry. In his conclusion to that book Gould unabashedly dismisses such notions as Creationism, but he never acknowledges that he might also be subject to the power of his bias.

  4. Micha says:

    I think you’re misrepresenting R’ Hirsch’s position by only giving half of it. He also requires knowing what it is the Torah requires we take literally, and what not. At the end of the day, Rav Hirsch had no problem embracing the idea of an old universe. He didn’t simply insist on the literal read of Genesis 1 and dismiss the science because of weeknesses in methodology. (Something I felt many would conclude from the partial coverage.)

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