I used to consider Scientific American as the de facto standard for bringing objective analysis of modern science to a mass audience. Today, it appears to have devolved into another supermarket rag aimed at the same political audience that watches the late night TV talk shows.
Since I already have that representation of many leftist views in many of my customized news feeds (New York Times, Slate, etc.), I have removed Scientific American from my Feedly news source list.
December 8, 2018
I came across an article in Scientific American that contends that we are “Facing the End of Science”. Evidently, this is based on a book written by John Horgan in the late 1990’s, where he attempts to make a case that we’re facing the limits of knowledge.
At first blush, this claim has the same feel as the quote attributed to the head of the US Patent Office in 1899, when he supposedly said “It’s time to close the patent office. Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
After glancing through the book, I realize that it’s no so much about the end of science as much as it is about a history of scientific pursuits and the search for the single simple answer for every question in life.
Now I know why I stopped reading Scientific American…