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This is from the 90s, so the research topics are dated while the argument for free and open research is not Hunt looks at numerous research controversies and how political, etc., beliefs put the research at risk Four stars because the research topics are balanced Minus a point because, as an overview, Hunt can t delve into specific projects very well.Take the Bell Curve, which was huge in the 90s Hunt focuses on the charges of racism made against the authors, which is fair in the sense that This is from the 90s, so the research topics are dated while the argument for free and open research is not Hunt looks at numerous research controversies and how political, etc., beliefs put the research at risk Four stars because the research topics are balanced Minus a point because, as an overview, Hunt can t delve into specific projects very well.Take the Bell Curve, which was huge in the 90s Hunt focuses on the charges of racism made against the authors, which is fair in the sense that this is mostly all anyone ever talks about regarding this book Yet he fails to really mention that the authors sampling was a big reason for the complaints They took various standardized tests and used math tricks to substitute these scores for IQ, which is completely at odds with both IQ testing and the general principles of assessment And maybe it s just my pet peeve, but my issue with that book was that it was premised on the question of gee, jobs in the future will require college degrees, so what are we gonna do with the dummies who can t complete college degrees Everyone was so focused on the who these dummies are aspect not that it wasn t important that no one much spoke of the fact that it was a book about what to do with an imagined useless surplus population Politicians in this country rely on an uneducated electorate It makes getting votes, while not being held accountable for one s actions, fairly easy Politicians can get into office because people can be led to believe that, for example, abortions involve bashing in the brains of babies halfway through the birth canal With a population this ignorant, it s not difficult to convince people that all social and scientific research is bunk OMG why are they looking at mating patterns of fruit flies with my tax dollars leads to new Alzheimer s drug treatment but it s hard to see this if you don t comprehend science past the third grade level.I don t want this to turn into a 68968946547 word essay, so I ll just say that I wish Hunt delved deeper and didn t equate all protests and critiques as equally ignorant I wish he d givenand better examples of people were against LMN research yet it led to OPQ cure I wish he didn t equate all protest with death threats I wish he d described the sort of political atmosphere and low basic knowledge of science which allow attacks against research to so effortlessly be made I wish it were a better book but even as it is, it s worth reading (((FREE))) ⇹ The New Know-nothings: The Political Foes of the Scientific Study of Human Nature ✑ In recent years, political, religious, and other special interest groups have waged war on behavioral and social research projects that threaten their interests and values They have hounded researchers out of universities, cut off their funding through congressional and state legislative pressure, and harassed them with public demonstrations and picketing, all in the hope of forcing them to abandon their research Formerly such unwanted involvement came from activists on the left Now it comes from all across the political spectrum, as anti science attitudes and techniques have diffused throughout society In addition, conservative and religious forces lobby Congress and state legislatures against funding for major research projects of which they disapprove This phenomenon represents a grave threat to both scientific freedom and the well being of modern societyMorton Hunt gives us the first serious overview of this threat to behavioral and social science research He illustrates precisely how scientific research has been subjected to political attack The New Know Nothings illustrates this phenomenon using in depth case histories and background discussions of the conflicting social forces involved It considers the prevalence of each form of opposition of research has been subjected to political attack The New Know Nothings illustrates this phenomenon using in depth case histories and background discussions of the conflicting social forces involved It considers the prevalence of each form of opposition to research, using interviews with expert observers in the sciences and government Hunt reviews the nature nurture debate, biological contributions to gender differences, conservative opposition to sex research in the schools, the debate over the controlled drinking approach to alcoholism, animal rights versus scientists rights to use animals in research, the controversy over day care, anthropological research needs versus the Native American repatriation of remains, and other cases He argues that beyond the specific projects targeted, the most important thing threatened is the social valation of scientific freedom The belief that it is permissible and laudable to obstruct research is neo Luddite, obscurantist, and anti intellectualThis comprehensive, nonpartisan study is possibly the only book length treatment of this important subject It treats attacks on science from both the left and the right and is timely, lively, and accessible in style It will be of interest to behavioral scientists and scientists in general, readers interested in the sciences and in social issues, and government policymakers Many cases of anti racists, feminists, religious groups and various other special interests calling to shut down scientific inquiry that might problematize their preconceived beliefs maybe a little to indifferent to the real potential of governmental use of research for behavioural control and whitewashes some of these characters.