Will Postmodernism Really Destroy Science?


We often hear that postmodernism is portrayed to students as an intellectual demon that is out to rip up truth by the roots and destroy all things that we value and hold dear. Actually, it’s a thinking system that stems from the work of some French thinkers that were around some 50 years ago. It’s derived from lots of ideas but is often referred to as a rejection of long accepted narratives or global visions of the world around us. All of this has resulted in several claims about postmodernism being “anti” all things that we love and treasure.

Radical Ideas Promulgated on College Campuses

The intellectual battles that are taking place today are on our college campuses, where the deep passions and convictions about gender, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation exist within young students. In addition, they have a strong sense of social justice antipathy on things like capitalism, racism, imperialism, white privilege, and misogyny. There is also the reality of opposing views and contradictory facts that has led to chaos on those campuses and even violence. We have seen students from the University of California, Berkeley, along with agitators from the outside that have resorted to riots whenever conservative firebrands like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos have been invited to speak on campus.

In light of all this, we hear several postmodernists argue that everyone ought to be very skeptical whenever we hear claims of objectivity, that others had direct access to the real truth, or any overarching narratives. They point out that science, which seeks to uncover objective facts in ways that is impartial, could be doomed from the start. This is because science is a juicy target for postmodern critique questioning, as postmodernists will desire to know what science does and how it is done. These kinds of criticisms, which typically range from the somewhat reasonable to the completely absurd, is the very things that causes people to refer to postmodernism as “anti-science.”

Can Science Survive Long in a Post-Modern World?

https://evolutionnews.org/2017/11/can-science-survive-long-in-a-post-modern-world/However unpromising string theory and cosmic inflation theory prove and even if the multiverse they support is science’s assisted suicide, these theories can be abandoned only by another naturalist theory, even if it does not work any better. Maintaining the system entails downgrading the value of and discounting the accurate perception of evidence.  With broad acceptance, the system might prevail apart from evidence. But a lingering demand for evidence has shown cracks that are beginning to widen: There are clear signals that nature is not all there is. Can Science Survive Long in a Post-Modern World? | Evolution News

The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unfortunate-fallout-of-campus-postmodernism/Students are being taught by these postmodern professors that there is no truth, that science and empirical facts are tools of oppression by the white patriarchy, and that nearly everyone in America is racist and bigoted, including their own professors, most of whom are liberals or progressives devoted to fighting these social ills. Of the 58 Evergreen faculty members who signed a statement “in solidarity with students” calling for disciplinary action against Weinstein for “endangering” the community by granting interviews in the national media, The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism – Scientific American

Postmodernism’s critics often call it anti-science, is it?

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/is-postmodernism-really-anti-scienceMany postmodernists have different ideas on the philosophy of science than most people. Some postmodernists look to Thomas Kuhn and his ideas on “paradigm shifts” being a source of major advances in scientific thinking. These shifts, which involve one way of looking at data taking precedent over all others, are at least partially social in nature. This has allowed for allegations of relativism, which Kuhn denied, and an opening for postmodernists to question how social factors influence the findings of science. Postmodernism’s critics often call it anti-science, is it?


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