Confronting the Experts
SUNY Press, Apr 4, 1996 - Philosophy - 204 pages
Confronting the Experts brings together six personal case histories of challenges to establishment experts. The authors tell why they questioned conventional wisdom, what methods they used, how they dealt with the experts' response, and what lessons they learned. Because the book shows how powerful groups can get their way by gaining the support of intellectual authorities and also how these authorities can be challenged, it provides insights into the issues of power, dissent, and social change.
Included are Sharon Beder's research on sewage and how it helped to undermine the credibility of the Sydney Water Board; Mark Diesendorf's scientific and social critique of fluoridation; Edward Herman's exposition of the flaws in the establishment perspective on terrorism; Harold Hillman's questioning of the validity of standard methods used in biology, such as subcellular fractionation and electron microscopy; Michael Mallory and Gordon Moran's challenge to the orthodox interpretation of a famous painting in Siena, Italy: and Dhirendra Sharma's confrontation with India's nuclear establishment.
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Introduction Experts and Establishments
Sewerage Treatment and the Engineering Establishment
Fluoridation Breaking the Silence Barrier
Terrorism The Struggle against Closure
What Price Intellectual Honesty? Asks a Neurobiologist
The Guido Riccio Controversy in Art History
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