Tagged: epistemology

How don’t you know what you don’t know?!

True story: when I was a graduate student, I supervised a sort of mini-lab of undergraduates. For reasons that are completely opaque to me know but I’m sure made a lot of sense then, one of these students told me and my partner how his father would be like (and...

Can a questionnaire be feminist?

Can a questionnaire be feminist?

So let’s be honest: obviously I’m not going to ask that question if the answer is ‘no’ because that would be pretty boring and random and not very useful. Like, how about we have a post about whether a cactus is feminist (answer = huh?); that would be really useful....

Why do some sciences seem more, well, science-y?

Why do some sciences seem more, well, science-y?

Do you ever feel like some types of science are more science-y? Like… maybe… physics > chemistry, chemistry > biology, biology >psychology (waaayyy more, right? is psychology even a real science?) (I’m in Psychology so I can make this joke), psychology > anthropology (ok, honestly? anthropology? are we letting everyone...

Swimming up from scientism

One of the tricky things about inviting feminism and science to the same party is that most of us scientists are swimming in ‘scientism.’ Scientism refers to the belief that science is better than all other forms of knowledge acquisition (epistemologies), or even that science is the only legitimate way to learn about, well,...

Philosophers Got Beards, Scientists Got Crazy Hair? Thinking Feminist Across Disciplines

Philosophers Got Beards, Scientists Got Crazy Hair? Thinking Feminist Across Disciplines

Here might be one thing we scientists have in common with us philosophers. As Sally Haslanger describes: people imagine philosophers as old men with beards. If you replace the beards with crazy hair a la Van de Graaff-generator, you’ve basically got a visual of how a number of people imagine...