Weekly Roundup

Anthony Gottlieb writes on (via) what philosophers of science call the “pessimistic induction“, scientists’ unwillingness to acknowledge fallibility, and what we should make of it.

Paul B. Thompson challenges the “standard narrative” of GE crops, which claims they were uncontroversially accepted in the United States but faced vigorous opposition in Europe.

Kalman Applbaum has a review of Carl Elliott’s White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, which centers on interviews of disillusioned pharmaceutical industry researchers.

Roger Pielke, Jr. discusses a recent study on how people react to experts and scientific consensus based on “cultural considerations”.

Margaret Munro reports on the Canadian government’s “muzzling” of scientists.

Billionaires from Kansas bankroll effort to derail greenhouse gas legislation in California.

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