In the pursuit of truth it is important to critique leading scientists and the culture of science. Leading scientists have the job of empowering others and leading humanity in a positive direction.
It is worth mentioning that I am a classical liberal and that I am pro-West.
I took a trip to the bookstore and looked at the popular authors in the science section. I’ll give a review on a handful of the most popular scientists. In this review I’ll just state facts and what is out there.
Some scientists I enjoy that I could spot were physicist Sean Carroll, physicist Marcelo Gleiser, physicist Lee Smolin, and physicist John Barrow.
Sean Carroll is a world-renowned author and physicist. His book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself is an honest and well written investigation into science, philosophy, and life’s ultimate questions. Interesting ideas in his book that I enjoyed were contemplating the first land dwelling animal, that we are a bag of particles, and the universe lasting literally forever.
Marcelo Gleiser is a physicist from Dartmouth College who wrote The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning, A Tear at the End of Creation, and other great books. Marcelo Gleiser is an extraordinary intellectual and I really enjoyed his books for his honesty on the limits of science and his commentary on awe and wonder.
Physicist Lee Smolin (Time Reborn, The Trouble with Physics) and physicist John Barrow (Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits) are a few others I enjoyed for their honesty on the limits of science and its role in society.
Then there are scientists that have dismissed philosophy as worthless and are criticized for their scientism. Examples include physicist Lawrence Krauss, physicist Stephen Hawking, far left liberal Neil deGrasse Tyson, and far left liberal Bill Nye.1
Critics of proponents of scientism come from established people, such as physicist Sean Carroll, philosophy of science professor Massimo Pigliucci, science historian and professor John Horgan, and others.
I’ve also done an analysis of radical atheism which includes many popular leaders in science, such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.
Who are your favorite western scientists and authors? Feel free to leave a comment below.
Here is an interesting video from Marcelo Gleiser talking about the limits of knowledge:
If you are interested in the role of science in knowledge or the limits of science I’ve written several articles including 15 Perspectives on the Limits of Science and The Search for Truth (an essay on religion, science, language, and the meaning of life).
Physicist Sean Carroll on Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss, and Stephen Hawking (article)
Science Historian John Horgan on Lawrence Krauss and Stephen Hawking in The End of Science: Facing The Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age, p. 12.
Pascal-Immanuel Gobry on the scientism of Bill Nye (article)
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Milo Yiannopoulos on Neil deGrasse Tyson (article)
Steven Crowder (1.2 million YouTube subscribers as of Jan 2018) has quite a few videos on Bill Nye. Here's an example: (video)