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Challenges

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This collection, based on several of Lang's "Files," deals with the area where science and academia meet the worlds of journalism and politics: social organization, government, and the roles that education and journalism play in shaping opinions leading to policy decisions. In discussing specific cases in which he became involved, Lang addresses general questions of standards: standards of journalism, standards of discourse, and standards of science. Recurring questions concern: - How people process information and how misinformation is spread and accepted - Inhibition of critical thinking and the role of education: teaching students to think clearly and independently — or conditioning them to accept dominant modes of perception uncritically - How to make corrections, and how attempts at corrections are sometimes obstructed - The extent to which we submit to the authority of those higher up, and whether one can keep the higher ups accountable, possibly in the face of evasions, stonewalling, and intimidation - The competence of so-called experts - Our responsibility for what we say or write - The use of editorial and academic power to suppress or marginalize ideas, evidence, or data that do not fit the tenets of certain establishments By dealing with case studies and providing extensive documentation, Lang challenges some individuals and establishments, at the same time that he challenges us to reconsider the ways they exercise their
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This collection, based on several of Lang's "Files," deals with the area where science and academia meet the worlds of journalism and politics: social organization, government, and the roles that education and journalism play in shaping opinions leading to policy decisions. In discussing specific cases in which he became involved, Lang addresses general questions of standards: standards of journalism, standards of discourse, and standards of science.
Recurring questions concern: - How people process information and how misinformation is spread and accepted - Inhibition of critical thinking and the role of education: teaching students to think clearly and independently -- or conditioning them to accept dominant modes of perception uncritically - How to make corrections, and how attempts at corrections are sometimes obstructed - The extent to which we submit to the authority of those higher up, and whether one can keep the higher ups accountable, possibly in the face of evasions, stonewalling, and intimidation - The competence of so-called experts - Our responsibility for what we say or write - The use of editorial and academic power to suppress or marginalize ideas, evidence, or data that do not fit the tenets of certain establishments By dealing with case studies and providing extensive documentation, Lang challenges some individuals and establishments, at the same time that he challenges us to reconsider the ways they exercise their
Lang, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Academia, Journalism, and Politics: A Case Study: The Huntington Case.- Strange Survey of U.S. Profs: The Ladd-Lipset Case.- Questions of Scientific Responsibility: The Baltimore Case.- Questions of Editorial Responsibility: Publication of the Baltimore Article.- The Gallo Case.- The Case of HIV and AIDS.- The Shafaravich Case and the National Academy of Sciences.- Maintaining Scientific Standards.
Author
Serge Lang
Publisher
Springer
Language
English
ISBN-10
0387948619
ISBN-13
9780387948614
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
174.909
Year
1997
Publication Date
1997-10-31
Imprint
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1927
Short Title
CHALLENGES SOFTCOVER REPRINT O
Edition Description
Softcover Repri
Death
2005
Pages
816
Illustrations
biography
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