science

Darwinian Fundamentalism

Gould

Paleontologist and science writer Stephen Jay Gould tackles 'ultra-Darwinism' in the first part of his response to Daniel C. Dennett's 'Darwin's Dangerous Idea'. Gould challenges the excesses of what he sees as pan-adaptationism, determinism and reductionism.

Medicine and the Spanish Civil War

A historical survey of medicine in Spain during the Spanish Civil War

Emergence of Modern Genetics in Spain and the Effects of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) on Its Development

An assessment of the effects of the Spanish Civil War on the development of genetics in Spain.

Rationality & Science - Noam Chomsky

chomsky

Chomsky on rationality & science. This essay formed part of a Z-Papers special issue on the topic in 1995.

When hospital is a prison

Ben Goldacre on the use of psychiatry as a form of social control, and the politically-motivated diagnosis of mental illness. Feb 2003.

Goldacre: 'Argument is about capitalism, not food '

organic food

Ben Goldacre points to the analogies between the 'organic' food argument and the BigPharma vs homeopathy/'alternative medicine' - mainly that all niches will be filled under capitalism.

US military researching microwave crowd control weapons

ADS

The United States military is still researching a controversial microwave weapon that could be deployed against crowds from aircraft.

Stephen Jay Gould: What Does it Mean to Be a Radical?

Gould in Simpsons

Marxist biologists Richard Lewontin and Richard Levins remember the life and career of paleontologist and science writer Stephen Jay Gould, and his role in the social criticism of science.

The political economy of hybrid corn

corn

Marxist geneticist Richard Lewontin and economist Jean-Pierre Berlan discuss the economics of and role of capital in the production of hybrid corn. This article follows their 'Technology, research, and the penetration of capital: the case of U.S. agriculture' article.

Technology, research, and the penetration of capital: the case of U.S. agriculture

agribusiness

Economist Jean-Pierre Berlan and marxist geneticist Richard Lewontin reveal the politics and economics behind 1980s US agribusiness.