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Its authority derives not from unbiased experts but from the institutions and norms that structure their work.
Gregory E. Kaebnick
In place of the hype over personalized medicine, we need a more sober evaluation of the meaning of health and health care.
Robert A. Aronowitz
The “scientific method” of high school textbooks does not exist. But there are scientific methods, and they play an essential role in making scientific knowledge reliable.
Health care spending isn't high because we use too much medicine. It’s the prices, and who pays them.
On the lure of climate entrepreneurism.
Are scientists more virtuous than the rest of us? Can religion and science be happily reconciled?
Matt Lord, Boston Review
What Brazilian conservatives gain by letting the Amazon burn.
Allured by the promise of Big Data, science has shortchanged causal explanation in favor of data-driven prediction. But ultimately we must ask why.
Many take the separation between science and politics for granted, but this view of science has its own political history: it was developed, in part, as an anti-communist tool of the Cold War.
Michael D. Gordin
A reading list for our time of climate crisis.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
The Anthropocene challenges liberalism’s vision of permanent progress. So why has it become another technocratic tool of liberal bureaucracy?
Two new books from intellectual giants Robert Plomin and Nicholas Christakis revive the “nature vs. nurture” debate about what makes people different from one another.
C. Brandon Ogbunu, C. Malik Boykin
Harm reduction strategies have their roots in 1980s HIV activism, but they are starting to spread in rural America in response to the opioid crisis.
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