Is Western culture balancing on a tightrope between science and humanities?

phys.org | 9/10/2019 | Staff
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Pseudoscience is on the rise and so is the constant clamour of 'fake news.' Should we, therefore, be questioning the West's grip on rational, empirical evidence-based reason? While the West is fending off resurgent claims of a flat Earth—last dispelled by Magellan and Elcano's circumnavigation in the early 16th century—as well as persistent climate change deniers, Asia is making rapid technological and scientific progress.

In his book, Carlos Elías discusses why Western countries are losing interest in the STEM subjects, which once reigned as the beacon of civil development and culture, in favour of post-truths, alternative facts and, occasionally, irrationality.

Elías - Perspective - Development - Era - Media

Elías provides a critical perspective on modern-day scientific development in an era dominated by social media culture. Students are flocking to the humanities and, consequently, associated academics are accumulating increasingly more power despite having little to no scientific knowledge. He also suggests the humanities and its academics play the role that Spain, the Jesuits and the Catholic Clergy had during the Counter-Reformation in the 17st century, where contempt and an intolerance of science and technological development led to the decline of the Spanish imperial...
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