Scientists often overstate their claim to certainty, sorting the world into categorical distinctions that obstruct rather than clarify its complexities.
In this book Daniel Nettle urges the reader to unpick such distinctionsbiological versus social sciences, mind versus body, and nature versus nurtureand look instead for the for puzzles and anomalies, the points of connection and overlap.
This book features the tool which you can find at the top-right corner of the HTML version. Reading these essays feels like entering into the best kind of intellectual conversationit makes me want to write essays in reply. I almost never feel this enthusiastic about a book.
allows you to hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes. Daniel is a remarkably clear communicator of research.
The public does not have much use for a scientist who says, “Sorry, but we don’t know”.
The public prefers to listen to scientists who give confident answers to questions and make confident predictions of what will happen as a result of human activities.That is why heretics who question the dogmas are needed.As a scientist I do not have much faith in predictions. The best scientists like to arrange things in an experiment to be as unpredictable as possible, and then they do the experiment to see what will happen.Their purpose is to imagine what might happen rather than to describe what will happen.I will be telling stories that challenge the prevailing dogmas of today.It comes particularly recommended to Sciences and Social Sciences students and to scholars seeking to extend the scope of their field in collaboration with other disciplines.Subject codes: BIC: HP (Philosophy), HPS (social and political philosophy), PSX (Human Biology); BISAC: SOC026000 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General), SCI080000 (SCIENCE / Essays), SCI008000 (SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology) is Professor of Behavioural Science at Newcastle University. The Need for Heretics In the modern world, science and society often interact in a perverse way.We live in a technological society, and technology causes political problems.The prevailing dogmas may be right, but they still need to be challenged. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies.Since I am heretic, I am accustomed to being in the minority.