‘How To Think About Science’

A cursory glance over the contents of this blog might give the impression that I do not much care for modern science. However, that impression would be deeply misleading, since it is rather only two main areas of concern I have: the claims sometimes made on behalf of contemporary neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, particularly in relation to philosophy; and the ontological significance attributed to scientific forms of explanation. These reservations arise against the backdrop of a warm appreciation and interest in the sciences. In fact, as a teenager I wanted to be an astrophysicist before developing such an interest in the humanities.

In this spirit of not-being-an-anti-scientific-crank, here is a link to a CBC series on the history and philosophy of science which I have been enjoying lately. The interviewees are as follows:

Episode 1 – Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer
Episode 2 – Lorraine Daston

Episode 3 – Margaret Lock
Episode 4 – Ian Hacking and Andrew Pickering
Episode 5 – Ulrich Beck and Bruno Latour
Episode 6 – James Lovelock
Episode 7 – Arthur Zajonc
Episode 8 – Wendell Berry
Episode 9 – Rupert Sheldrake
Episode 10 – Brian Wynne 
Episode 11 – Sajay Samuel 
Episode 12 – David Abram 
Episode 13 – Dean Bavington 
Episode 14 – Evelyn Fox Keller
Episode 15 – Barbara Duden
 and Silya Samerski 
Episode 16 – Steven Shapin 
Episode 17 – Peter Galison
Episode 18 – Richard Lewontin 
Episode 19 – Ruth Hubbard 
Episode 20 - Michael Gibbons, Peter Scott, & Janet Atkinson Grosjean 
Episode 21 -Christopher Norris and Mary Midgely
Episode 22 – Allan Young 
Episode 23 – Lee Smolin 
Episode 24 – Nicholas Maxwell