Sunday, March 8, 2015
A good Sunday read
Bob Berwick sent me this old review by Richard Lewontin. I'm a big fan of Lewontin's. His paper in the Invitation to CogSci on the evolution of cognition (here) is (or should be) standard reading for anyone interested in Evolang. At any rate, this review of a Carl Sagan book is a terrific (funny) discussion of the scientific method (there is none), the overhyping of science by scientists, the increasing cynicism of the "unwashed" towards this overhyping, science as show business, the cultural bases of (some of) the public's antipathy towards science in the USA, and more. If I had read this before, I didn't remember. I certainly enjoyed it this time around.