Science isn’t self-correcting, it’s self-destructing. To save the enterprise, argues Daniel Sarewitz, scientists must come out of the lab and into the real world.
MORE ON THE INTEGRITY OF SCIENCE:
- Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus praise the growing scrutiny of scientific publications
- Barbara A. Spellman on the role of technological and demographic changes
by Jacob Hoerger
Light pollution confuses animals and makes astronomy harder — but those are small sacrifices for all the safety and productivity that electric lighting permits. Yet, argues Jacob Hoerger, we also lose something less measurable when we lose sight of the twinkling stars in the black: a sense of our own finitude.
by Joseph E. Davis
Critics sometimes accuse modern medicine of focusing too narrowly on the causes of specific maladies instead of holistically maintaining health and wellness. But, as Joseph E. Davis explains, the reductionist style of medicine and the lifestyle that goes with it are deeply connected to our cultural priorities and how we think of ourselves as autonomous individuals.
by Lee Lane
At its meeting in Doha earlier this month, OPEC once again failed to reach agreement on cutting oil production. With the fracture between Saudi Arabia and Iran growing, does the oil cartel still have any power to influence prices? How will the low prices affect U.S. oil producers? And does the U.S. presidential race have any bearing on the future world oil market?
by Nick Barrowman
The idea that inert treatments can be powerfully therapeutic — that our minds can be misled into healing our bodies — is so appealing that it has survived numerous debunkings. Nick Barrowman tells a tale of confused researchers, credulous reporters, and the public that just wants to believe.