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The Bleeding Edge
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:41

The Bleeding Edge

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Richard Clarke reviews The Bleeding Edge, by Bob Hughes, New Internationalist 2016 A discussion paper published by the (left-leaning) Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) at the end of last year argues that automation ‘risks reproducing and amplifying existing inequalities within the economy.’ Some 44% of all jobs, (involving almost…
What can a Marxist approach tell us about science?
Monday, 27 November 2017 15:42

What can a Marxist approach tell us about science?

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Richard Clarke considers how a dialectical methodology can help scientists ask the right questions. ‘Science’ and ‘scientific’ can mean at least three different things, including: 1) the ‘knowledge content’ of different disciplines (as in physics, chemistry, biology) about the universe; 2) the processes by which this understanding is acquired (the…
Alexander von Humbolt
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 30 November 2015 16:35

Godless revolutionary: the life and work of Alexander von Humboldt

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John Green introduces the life of Alexander von Humboldt, the father of ecology who combined scientific investigation with a sense of high moral purpose.  It is doubtful that many of the participants at the recent Paris talks on climate change will have heard of Alexander von Humboldt. Yet he is…