Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2017 21:58 UTC
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Over the past few weeks, we've gotten notes from Verge Science readers wondering why news from the incoming Trump administration has seeped into our science coverage. I wasn't surprised: it's tempting to believe that science is apolitical. But science and politics are plainly related: science is the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge is power, and power is politics.

The scientific method consists of generating a hypothesis, attempting to disprove the hypothesis through testing, and accumulating those tests to come up with shared knowledge. And that method also contains ideology: our observed, shared world is the real world. This ideology even has a name: empiricism. An incoming president who clearly picks and chooses facts to suit his own version of the world changes the relationship between science and culture, in potentially destructive ways.

"To be taught to read - what is the use of that, if you know not whether what you read is false or true? To be taught to write or to speak - but what is the use of speaking, if you have nothing to say? To be taught to think - nay, what is the use of being able to think, if you have nothing to think of? But to be taught to see is to gain word and thought at once, and both true."

Tomorrow, in a mirror, darkly.

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RE[3]: Comment by Gone fishing
by daveak on Sat 21st Jan 2017 11:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing"
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The post modernist left, Blairism has opened the door for the “post truth” world by intellectually legitimizing it.

I hope you aren't referring to Tony Blair when you say Blairism. He and his supports have nothing to do with left wing politics. As Thatcher, champion of the right, stated, he and new labour were her finest achievement.

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Yes I am referring to Tony. He had an explicit agenda of reinventing a post socialist left. Although how he managed to reinvent the Labour party as neo conservative New Labour leaves me almost speechless. With Blair it was all about the narrative, the father of the post truth world. Nevertheless he still had to appear radical, embracing identity politics a truly postmodern politician.

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