“It’s always wise to start that discussion by stating that Newton’s laws of motion and Darwinian evolution aren’t merely examples of western hegemony,”
writes Philip Ball in today’s Guardian, and adds:
“I’m going to try to be like an arts critic, but for science. There are all sorts of questions to ask about science, beyond whether it’s correct or not.”
And right he is! But he will be well advised to tread carefully, because this topic is a mine field. Sokal affair, anyone?
The author of the column is Philip Ball, a science writer from London. He entertains two blogs, one of which —homunculus: postings from the interface of science and culture— seems to be closer to the topic of his Guardian column than the other on water in biology.
Already with his first article –that I found balanced and well argued– Ball attracted over 80 comments, most of them negative, ironic, or plainly dismissive: “Looking forward to reading about the new spring collection of lab coats,” writes one commentator, who seems to have real trouble seeing any connection between science and art.
In my very first post on Feyerabend’s The Tyranny of Science, I have already discussed the arrogance scientists can display towards the humanities.
I am really looking forward to how Ball’s columns will develop. Good luck! You will need it …