The narrowing of public discourse
It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had the chance to blog as much as I would have liked. Next week I’ll continue reviewing the Hernnstein-Smith book. I’ll also start trying to discuss the narrowing of public discourse in science debates. That is, certain beliefs and viewpoints are automatically neglected, marginalized, or demonized. I was largely inspired by Glenn Greenwald and Conor Friedersdorf (see “Who are the real crazies in our political culture?” and the piece in Newsweek).
While both of them discussed foreign policy and the war on drugs, I will try to stick to science as much as possible. I know this this tact avoids the topics most people would actually find interesting. But I promised myself that I wouldn’t let this blog become a forum for my political rants. I hope the inclusion of the uber-liberal Greenwald balances my previous reference to the conservative Daniel Larison.