The signers of the Dissent list have all risked their careers or reputations in signing. Such is the power of groupthink.
You may already know about academic freedom bills — such as those passed in Louisiana in 2008 and Tennessee in 2012.
Kevin Williamson imagines that scientists are free to “slug it out” in journals and other academic settings, so that the truth reliably emerges.
Chait writes smart, concise dialogue on these subjects, and seems to have learned more than a thing or two from biologist Scott Turner’s recent book, Purpose and Desire.
The point of Dr. Keas’s book is historical but also very timely: Scientists who challenge materialism today face discrimination as heretics that squelches their research and teaching.