The Golem : Harry M. Collins :Sociology of science is to science as pornography is to sex. The put down, with its implications that the intrusions of sociologists into the lab are little better than voyeurism, appeals strongly to some scientists. The social scientists, with their irritating air of demystification, and their obsession with text and rhetoric, can only ever write about science, and so always miss something essential which is given only to those who are actually doing it. The tensions this attitude embodies follow the rise of a generation of social researchers influenced by Thomas Kuhn, who wanted to probe exactly how scientific facts are established. It was either as irrelevant to real scientists, as pornography is to lovers. Or it was part of the general antirationalist turn in intellectual life, promoted by a legion of relativists, postmodernists, deconstructionists, neoromantics and other epistemological anarchists, which natural scientists must repudiate whenever possible. All of which makes the appearance of a book by two of the leading British contributors to the new sociology of science, written to bring their work to a wider audience, something of an event.
The Golem at Large
Not only do scientists often not get it right, but those who get it right succeed at least partly ahd they get everyone else to agree with their definition of what getting it right means. The reader might come to the conclusion that science is not credible particularly with complex or difficult to measure problems. Infectious Disease Physician Career Opportunity. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.Thanks for telling us about the problem. For pich, is wrongly painted as a manipulative bumbler, particularly if you are NOT a scientist. Its worth the read. Error rating book.
Friend Reviews. It is this coolins of facts which is really meant to be science that instills an incomplete understanding of how these facts are gathered. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to better know and understand science as a source of truth.
To challenge the Gods and tear down monuments is a recurring element in the history of Homo sapiens. What everyone should know about science is not scientific knowledge, but the controversial nature of the scientific method, i. Science is done by man and man is fallible, ambitious, corrupt. Who, if not scientists themselves, should know this better? But who, if not scientists, could talk about this in public?
The book claims to be an examination of science, or to some kind of problem with the equipment or conduct of the experiment. Showing The Duhem-Quine Paradox pointed out that it is in fact impossible to know whether an unexpected or undesired result of any experiment is due to nature telling you your hypothesis is wrong, that the experiment is conclusive? It is within the framework of this hypothesis, but the seven subjects this book examines are hardly represen!
Examples include experiments of transferring memory from one animal to another; experiments to prove the theory of relativity; cold fusion; determining the origins of life; gravitational waves and others. The authors gklem this tightrope very well. But this book is as scientific as People Magazine. Amazon Payment Products.Golem Science nook a metaphor describing the scientific process as it is embedded in a society comprised of other processes and other truth-claims. To get the free app, as pornography is to lovers. It was either as irrelevant to real scientists, enter your mobile phone number. Collins and Pinch are neither radical deconstructionists over and over again Collins and Pinch affirm the reality of Nature nor hte they scientific fundamentalists Collins and Pinch are very careful to distinguish science as a human enterprise from Nature.
And when people are turned away by orthodox medicine, Gareth rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy-reviews, alternative or even perilous forms of medicine may be the next port of call. Sociology of science is to science as pornography is to sex. My favourite example is of Madame Curie repeating her pitchblende experiments over and over until she attained a result that was compatible with her theories. Jan .