by Chris Hedges edited by O Society Jan 31, 2020 In “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” Karl Popper warns against utopian engineering, massive social transformations led by those who believe they found a revealed truth. These utopian engineers carry out the wholesale destruction of systems, institutions, and social and cultural structures in a vain … Continue reading The Disaster of Utopian Engineering
by Jeremy Shapiro edited by O Society August 8, 2019 Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological evolution and childhood vaccination. On all three issues, prominent members of the Trump administration, including the Trump, lined up against the conclusions of research. This widespread rejection … Continue reading The thinking error at the root of science denial
Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided? by Kevin Laland Aeon edited by O Society May 16, 2019 When researchers at Emory University in Atlanta trained mice to fear the smell of almonds (by pairing it with electric shocks), they found, to their consternation, that both the children … Continue reading Science in Flux: Evolution unleashed
I believe in Freedom of Religion as defined by the First Amendment to our United States Constitution. This includes both the right to practice religion and the right to apostasy. by Jill Richardson CounterPunch edited by O Society May 14, 2019 A bill in Texas would allow professionals of all kinds — doctors, pharmacists, electricians — to deny … Continue reading You Don’t Get to Discriminate Just Because You’re Religious: Conservative Moral Hierarchy
by William McComas edited by O Society April 24, 2019 This article addresses and attempts to refute several of the most widespread and enduring misconceptions held by students regarding the enterprise of science. The ten myths discussed include the common notions that theories become laws, that hypotheses are best characterized as educated guesses, and that … Continue reading 10 Myths of Science: Reexamining What We Think We Know
Karl Popper (1974 video) by Philosophy Overdose https://youtu.be/sLDpj8dx0UU Comprising excerpts from the documentary Philosophie Gegen Falsche Propheten (1974), or ‘Philosophy Against False Prophets,’ this video is a robust primer on the ideas and legacy of Karl Popper. The influential Austrian-born thinker elucidates his concept of falsifiability, which holds scientific theories can never be proven true, … Continue reading A doctrine against doctrinaires: the enduring radical modesty of Karl Popper
Happy Halloween every body! You will notice today we indulge in some Día de Muertos style images to go with the articles to be ah... festive! If you are new to O Society, the deal is we got tired of the short-attention-span news cycle, drive-by hot takes, and emotional chain jerks. Bored with the trolling … Continue reading BOO, Darlings!
A trip to the convention of the APA revealed an attempt to get back into Guantanamo, after a scandal with the CIA and Pentagon, and a profession that is enamored with its own power, reports Michael Brenner. By Michael Brenner Consortium News October 19, 2018 A convention of professional specialists is always revelatory – if not always … Continue reading Psyched at The American Psychological Association
During the mid-1960s, there was increasing public skepticism about the Warren Commission findings a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, was solely responsible for President Kennedy’s assassination, and growing suspicions top-ranking American leaders were involved. So as a means of damage control, the CIA distributed a secret memo to all its field offices requesting they enlist … Continue reading It’s a Conspiracy! …but what if it is?
Rejecting Politics as Science Marxism, Popper claims, is analogous to the psychological theories of Adler and pseudo-sciences such as astrology. Attempts to present political systems as scientific are increasingly regarded as old-fashioned: the "common sense" view suggests that politics is not scientific, cannot be reduced to a set of principles such that it can be … Continue reading Rejecting Politics as Science