Fully as important as David Gelernter’s personal apostasy is his testimony about what happens to scientists who choose to “judge for themselves.”
In 1929, child psychologist Jean Piaget called children “artificialists” who tend to regard everything as “the product of human creation.”
Most of us think of science as the enterprise of seeking truth by formulating hypotheses and testing them against the evidence. This is empirical science.
Nothing could be timelier than a conversation between Jay Richards and Michael Medved about when it’s permissible to doubt a scientific “consensus.”
Darwin-inspired racism was the consensus science of its day. Speaking out against it would have made you a crank and a science-denier.