DOGMATISM IN SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
and the suppression of minority views
This page was last updated on: November 18, 2013
Minority views on technical issues are largely absent from the
public arena because of increasingly corporate organization of science
The book is now (May 2012) available:
I first wrote about this in 2001:
Part of the story concerns the rise in conflicts of interest
and the lack of attention to ethical conduct in science.
A synopsis of my forthcoming book is in a talk I gave in 2009.
A video of that talk and the abstract and PowerPoint slides
Essays based on that have been posted on the Lew Rockwell site:
Another part of the story is how the mainstream actively seeks to suppress minority views.
All too often, instead of discussing the substance of the opposing views, dissenters are derided and accused of "denialism", an epithet that has replaced the earlier "pseudoscience".
A particularly egregious example of this is the eponymous book by Michael Specter
and a series of articles in the New Scientist, which are both debunked in my essay
Journal of Scientific Exploration, 24 (2010) 693-700
I know of no other comprehensive survey of the suppression of minority views, but many books in the last decade or two have noted aspects
of the circumstances that led to this phenomenon:
commercialization, conflicts of interest, and corruption
of the research enterprise and academe.
A few dozen of the major works are listed here: