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Chris Young <[log in to unmask]>
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The Spring Newsletter has been repeatedly delayed.  Look for it in the near future.  In
the meantime...

Subject: 'Darwinism and the Division of Labour'
   Date: Sun, 17 May 1998 22:03:58 +0000
  From: Robert Maxwell Young <[log in to unmask]>

       Recent writings on science and ideology, the science wars,
postmodernism and, above, the limits - if any - to the explanatory power of
Darwinism all lead me to feel that I have been here before, in particular,
in the debates at the beginning of the radical science movement in the New
Left in the wake of the events of 1968 and the intellectual ferment which
followed on.
        In tht period I wrote a number of essays, some for very public
audiences, e.g., the BBC Third Programme. I have just put one of them on
the web: 'Darwinism and the Division of Labour',
which is closely allied to some others, e.g., 'Evolutionary Biology and
Ideology: Then and Now', 'The Anthropology of Science', 'The Naturalization
of Value Systems in the Human Sciences',
'Darwinism is Social.

Comments welcome.

Subject: _Science as Culture_ vol. 7 No. 1 has appeared: contents
  Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 16:38:21 +0000
  From: Robert Maxwell Young <[log in to unmask]>

_Science as Culture_ Vol. 7 Part 1 has now appeared. The editors hope that
members of this forum will subscribe to the journal, which has a unique
point of view in a world where most commentators on science, technology,
medicine and other forms of expertise suffer from a remarkable timidity.
They also invite submissions on any aspect of the cultural dimensions of
science and of the history and
philosophy of science and other forms of expertise.


NATURAL SELECTION: A Heavy Hand in Biological and Social Thought
        by Peter Taylor
        by Laurie Anne Whitt
        by Matthew R. Davis
WHEN HARRY MET SANDRA: An Alternative Engagement after the      Science
Wars by Mark Elam and Oskar Juhlin


The Gendered Politics of Disembodied Space
_Wired Women: Gender and New Realities in Cyberspace_,
        edited by Lynn Cherny and Elizabeth R Weise
        reviewed by Tiziana Terranova
Provincial History of Science
_Colonial Technology: Science and the Transfer of Innovation to
        Australia_, by Jan Todd
        reviewed by David Mercer
Scientific Learnings
_Minds for the Making: The Role of Science in American Education,
        1750-1990_ , by Scott L. Montgomery
        reviewed by Daniel Dunlap

During 1988 _Science as Culture_ will publish two special issues:
_Strategising Counter-Expertise, guest editors Kim Fortun and Todd
        Cherkasky (7/2)
_Natural Contradictions_, guest editors Yrjo Haila and Peter Taylor     (7/4)

_Science as Culture_ is published quarterly for Process Press
Ltd. by Carfax Publications Ltd.
For information about subscriptions and a list of back issues, go to:
Subscription information is also at
A web site associated with the journal and forum holds articles from
back issues of the journal, as well as other materials which forum members
may wish to discuss:

The web site now includes Barbara Heyl's classic article, 'The Harvard
"Pareto Circle"', which discusses the ideological origins of the
concepts of social system and social equilibrium, involving the
influence of  L. J. Henderson on the social science writings of
Talcott Parsons, Charles Homans and Crane Brinton, in which Henderson drew
on the ultra-conservative theories of Vilfedo Pareto to combat radical and
Marxist ideas in American social science. This essay is of considerable
interest for the understandng of systems thinking in the human sciences and
in the functionalist tradition.

Editor Robert M. Young [log in to unmask]
Managing Editor Les Levidow [log in to unmask]