The Scientific Attitude

Contemporary Science Issues & Innovations June 11, 2019, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Lee McIntyre, Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School. Lee McIntyre’s homepage
Dr. McIntyre is the author of several books for general readers, the most recent of which is The Scientific Attitude. He discusses the new book and his two earlier books related to scientific reasoning. In an era when science –and scientific reasoning– has contributed so much to the progress of humanity, there is a resurgence of anti-reason and rejection of obvious facts. But it can sometimes be difficult to determine what is fact even when we try to be objective, as the history of scientific discoveries shows. These challenges call for a mental adjustment: the scientific attitude. Dr, McIntyre explains how to adapt that attitude and why it is necessary today.

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