Book Review

Dogmatic Science

Dogmatism in Science and Medicine by Henry H. Bauer McFarland & Company, 2012, 293 pages, $35 While working scientists, such as I was for over fifty years, have little regard for “scientific method”, which they consider to be as useful as ornithology is to birds, they exhibit certain characteristic attitudes, such as curiosity and scepticism. Among these is a belief that all knowledge is provisional. While strong and essentially universal, this belief is nuanced and does not normally fall into a Feyerabendian trap of “anything goes” or into postmodern excess in general, because it tacitly acknowledges the obvious fact that…

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