Challenges

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This collection, based on several of Lang's "Files", deals with the area where the worlds of science and academia meet those of journalism and politics: social organisation, government, and the roles that education and journalism play in shaping opinions. In discussing specific cases in which he became involved, Lang addresses general questions of standards: standards of journalism, discourse, and of science. Recurring questions concern how people process information and misinformation; inhibition of critical ...

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Overview

This collection, based on several of Lang's "Files", deals with the area where the worlds of science and academia meet those of journalism and politics: social organisation, government, and the roles that education and journalism play in shaping opinions. In discussing specific cases in which he became involved, Lang addresses general questions of standards: standards of journalism, discourse, and of science. Recurring questions concern how people process information and misinformation; inhibition of critical thinking and the role of education; how to make corrections, and how attempts at corrections are sometimes obstructed; the extent to which we submit to authority, and whether we can hold the authorities accountable; the competence of so-called experts; and 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 treating case studies and providing extensive documentation, Lang challenges some individuals and establishments to reconsider the ways they exercise their official or professional responsibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387948614
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 837
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Academia, Journalism, and Politics: A Case Study: The Huntington Case.- Strange Survey of U.S. Profs: The Ladd-Lipset Case.- Questions of Scientific Responsibility: The Baltimore Case.- Questions of Editorial Responsibility: Publication of the Baltimore Article.- The Gallo Case.- The Case of HIV and AIDS.- The Shafaravich Case and the National Academy of Sciences.- Maintaining Scientific Standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    Outstanding book

    This is a moving chronicle by a brilliant man who has spent his life championing integrity in science and in politics. I recommend it highly.

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