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Challenges - Serge Lang

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This collection, based on several of Lang's "Files," deals with the area where science and academia meet the worlds of journalism and politics: social organization, government, and the roles that education and journalism play in shaping opinions leading to policy decisions. In discussing specific cases in which he became involved, Lang addresses general questions of standards: standards of journalism, standards of discourse, and standards of science. Recurring questions concern: - How people process information and how misinformation is spread and accepted - Inhibition of critical thinking and the role of education: teaching students to think clearly and independently -- or conditioning them to accept dominant modes of perception uncritically - How to make corrections, and how attempts at corrections are sometimes obstructed - The extent to which we submit to the authority of those higher up, and whether one can keep the higher ups accountable, possibly in the face of evasions, stonewalling, and intimidation - The competence of so-called experts - Our responsibility for what we say or write - The use of editorial and academic power to suppress or marginalize ideas, evidence, or data that do not fit the tenets of certain establishments By dealing with case studies and providing extensive documentation, Lang challenges some individuals and establishments, at the same time that he challenges us to reconsider the ways they exercise their

Preface
Academia, Journalism, and Politics: A Case Study: The Huntington Casep. 1
Strange Survey of U.S. Profs: The Ladd-Lipset Casep. 223
Questions of Scientific Responsibility: The Baltimore Casep. 239
Questions of Editorial Responsibility: Publication of the Baltimore Articlep. 341
The Gallo Casep. 361
The Case of HIV and AIDSp. 601
The Shafaravich Case and the National Academy of Sciencesp. 715
Maintaining Scientific Standardsp. 765
Indexp. 799
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ISBN: 9780387948614
ISBN-10: 0387948619
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 826
Published: 30th October 1997
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.13