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25 апреля 2009 | Автор: Admin | Рубрика: Научная литература » Социология | Комментариев: 0

Silenced!: Academic Freedom, Scientific Inquiry, and the First Amendment under Siege in America
216 pages | Praeger Publishers (May 30, 2007) | ISBN-10: 0275996867 | PDF | 550 kb

This book is about people whose ideological circumstances have found them opposing established beliefs in our times--scholars advocating the Palestinian cause in a very hostile intellectual environment, for example, as well as climate scientists defending themselves against the de-funding of their laboratories by defenders of fossil-fuel interests; opponents of "creation science" under assault for teaching what once was regarded as household-variety biology (a.k.a. Darwinism); Marxists in a political system dominated by neoconservatives. The central thesis that unites this diverse array of controversies is that shutting down free inquiry--most notably for points of view deemed unpopular--"dumbs" us all down by restraining the search for knowledge, which demands open inquiry. We have been told when going to war, as in Iraq, that "freedom isn't free," the unstated assumption being that our armed forces are fighting and dying to safeguard our civil rights at home and abroad. During recent years, however, freedom to inquire and debate without retribution has been under assault in the United States. This assault has been carried out under a distinctly Orwellian cast, under Newspeak titles such as the Patriot Act, parts of which might as well be described more honestly as the Restriction of Freedom of Inquiry Act. The information gathered here will interest (and probably anger) anyone who is concerned with protecting robust, free inquiry in a nation that takes seriously its freedom to speak out, and to define truth through open debate.

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