Author Archives: Dale Jamieson


This article is in Summit on Human Gene Editing, Spring 2016

Purposeful science In “Fact Check: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act” (Issues, Winter 2016), Congressman Lamar Smith critiques the concerns presented by Democrats, scientists, and a number of social science associations about his bill, H.R. 3293. As proposed, the bill confuses the nature of basic science and adds bureaucracy that would impose a layer […]

Book Review: Consilience

This article is in An Informed Approach to Substance Abuse, Fall 1998

Consilience Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, by Edward O. Wilson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998, 332 pp. Dale Jamieson E. O. Wilson is one of the most important intellectuals of our time. He is a scientific leader, well known for his work on ants and his cocreation (with Robert MacArthur) of the theory of […]

Book Review: Science and society

This article is in Caught in Traffic, Fall 2002

Science and society Science, Truth, and Democracy, by Philip Kitcher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, 256 pp. Dale Jamieson Philip Kitcher, the distinguished Columbia University philosopher, has written a book that is clear, well argued, and, under the guise of eminent sensibility, surprisingly subversive. In Part I, “The Search for Truth,” Kitcher vindicates realism and […]