The Death of Science

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A COMPANION STUDY TO MARTÍN LÓPEZ CORREDOIRA’S THE TWILIGHT OF THE SCIENTIFIC AGE. The last decade has seen a growing flood of complaints against the corruption and failure of scientific culture, not from radicalised social critics or anti-science extremists, but from leading figures within the scientific establishment itself. In The Twilight of the Scientific Age (2013, Brown Walker), Martín López Corredoira has written a vivid and scathing analysis of the state of modern science. In Part 1 of this essay I begin by reviewing López Corredoira’s key themes. In Part 2 I extend López Corredoira’s critique of peer review, exhibiting detailed examples from physics and philosophy of science. In Part 3 I review the wider context, analysing bureaucratisation and the drives to corporatisation of the large institutions that now dehumanise the lives of individuals, and undermine a viable future for our society. I conclude that the neo-liberal legalistic bureaucratic ‘business model’ of organisation that has become rampant throughout all our institutions has destroyed our capacity to use knowledge for meaningful purposes, and spells the death of science. As much as we are talking of the death of science, we are also talking of a deep failure of the institutions of our civilisation. I finally discuss the place of the independent scientist, and the broader responses we might have to this crisis. The final section contains a series of pertinent exhibits, from a range of authors, illustrating themes of the debate. (Note the text provided here is a full extract of Part 1. The full text is due for publication in book form in June 2016.)
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