Category archives: Humanities & Social Sciences

Scientific censorship for a greater good?

Scientific censorship for a greater good?

EpistemologyPhilosophy of sciencePsychologySociology

By Invited Researcher

“Censorship” is not a pleasant word to anyone. Its connotations are almost always negative and, in the first instance, an effort should be made to find circumstances that justify a restriction of information. Even more so in the scientific field, where empirical evidence should prevail over authority, tradition, rhetorical eloquence or social prestige. Science seeks […]

Raiders of the lost purpose (1): fine tuning

Raiders of the lost purpose (1): fine tuning

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

Since more than a century ago, every generation has a moment in which religious believers experience an agonising urge to persuade themselves that the ‘truths’ of their religion are compatible with the sophisticate description of the universe that contemporary science is unfolding. Every now and then this leads to the landfall of some best-selling books […]

Lunar Anthropocene

Lunar Anthropocene

AnthropologyGeosciences

By César Tomé

Human beings first disturbed moon dust on Sept. 13, 1959, when the USSR’s unmanned spacecraft Luna 2 alighted on the lunar surface. In the following decades, more than a hundred other spacecraft have touched the moon — both crewed and uncrewed, sometimes landing and sometimes crashing. The most famous of these were NASA’s Apollo Lunar […]

Too much democracy in democratic science?

Too much democracy in democratic science?

Philosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

democracy There is a growing movement to democratize science, involving the public, often lacking traditional scientific credentials, in the research process. This inclusivity manifests in various forms, particularly involving the public in making value judgments that play a vital role in the scientific decision-making process. As demonstrated by philosophers and scholars of science, scientific inquiry […]

Sustainable use of natural resources in Pantanal communities

Sustainable use of natural resources in Pantanal communities

AnthropologyEcology

By Invited Researcher

pantanal Author: Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti, Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology, University College London “How can we use nature in a sustainable way?” That is a question I, together with colleagues from different parts of the world, have sought to answer for a decade. We are dedicated to studying issues related to the sustainable use of natural […]