this meme is such a great illustration of scientISM vs. science
Since I need to clarify, the scientists on the right have also made disparaging remarks about philosophy (even as they wrote about it), and the quotes here are not the 100% intelligent, but wrt the general ideological orientation toward critical inquiry, it is illustrative.
In general, those who make comments like those on the right have never read the work they are discussing, which is evidenced by the frequency with which they 'propose' or 'think' of an idea that's been discussed for 100 years in the fields they've criticized.
And, also, I think it should be clear that the selective hagiography embodied on the left, by lionizing individual scientists as though their genius emerged in a vacuum, or implying they singularly conducted their scientific work (science is always social), is also scientism.
The best historian I have read on these particular episodes is Helge Kragh. 'Higher Speculations' & 'Conceptions of Cosmos' both highlight the intense importance of speculative, philosophical, abstract (& in some cases even theological) role in the social production of knowledge.
That and 'Quantum Generations' are a triad of wonderful work on the history of cosmology, quantum mechanics, etc., the interplays, disputes, theoretical issues, and so on, with incredible attention to primary sources--letters, writing, the papers themselves, etc.
He's written quite a few others, and edited the Oxford Handbook of the History of Cosmology, I am reading the latter atm, but I've not the rest of the former.
**scientists on the left also
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