The End of Reason

June 13, 2002

In his book, The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight Of The Scientific Age, John Horgan takes advantage of the fact that most of us have become specialists. Since our knowledge is usually limited and our insecurity over what we do not know is large, Horgan is able to publish this ridiculous misrepresentation. Everyone I have talked to about the book has said, “He makes interesting comments on the fields of science that I have no understanding, but on the field that I work in he has misunderstood everything and misrepresented the people he interviewed.” What amazes me is how Horgan can survive as a science writer and not have a clear understanding of any scientific discipline. You would expect there would be at least one that he is good at.

Instead of informative interviews, Horgan gives us juvenile ad homonym attacks and character defamation. Every single person he talks to contradicts and argues against the main thesis of the book. Horgan, beyond all logic, continues to pursue his idea claiming that they are merely trying to protect their fragile egos and research funding.

If you think I am being overly harsh I read the last chapter first. Anyone interested in science will be unable to take this book seriously after realizing that this is Horgan’s attempt to grandstand his own childish “answer to the ultimate question.”

There is one redeeming quality to this book. The bibliography is an excellent collection of books that will provide a good introduction to the many exciting ideas sadly misrepresented in this book.

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~ by severalfourmany on June 13, 2002.

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