The Science Media Centre has been accused of using science as a front for public relations campaigns in the service of political and corporate interests. Is such criticism fair?
A long excerpt from chapter two of Mikhail Bakunin’s ‘God and the State. I like the way Bakunin draws out the authoritarian parallels between experts and clergy.
Should the job of experts be to reach consensus or to ensure the broadest range of considerations in public deliberation?
Science isn’t just a kind of knowledge or a way of acquiring knowledge. It is also a set of institutions. How does the value of professionalized science depend on its association with these institutions and why?