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Hanging on to the Edges

Essays on Science, Society and the Academic Life

by Daniel Nettle

Hanging on to the Edges

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Book Description

What does it mean to be a scientist working today; specifically, a scientist whose subject matter is human life? Scientists often overstate their claim to certainty, sorting the world into categorical distinctions that obstruct rather than clarify its complexities. In this book Daniel Nettle urges the reader to unpick such distinctions - biological versus social sciences, mind versus body, and nature versus nurture - and look instead for the for puzzles and anomalies, the points of connection and overlap. These essays, converted from often humorous, sometimes autobiographical blog posts, form an extended meditation on the possibilities and frustrations of the life scientific. Pragmatically arguing from the intersection between social and biological sciences, Nettle reappraises the virtues of policy initiatives such as Universal Basic Income and income redistribution, highlighting the traps researchers and politicians are liable to encounter. This provocative, intelligent and self-critical volume is a testament to the possibilities of interdisciplinary study - whose virtues Nettle stridently defends - drawing from and having implications for a wide cross-section of academic inquiry. This will appeal to anybody curious about the implications of social and biological sciences for increasingly topical political concerns. It comes particularly recommended to Sciences and Social Sciences students and to scholars seeking to extend the scope of their field in collaboration with other disciplines.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Hanging on to the Edges ebook for free in PDF format (11.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
How my theory explains everything: and can make you happier, healthier, and wealthier
Chapter 2
What we talk about when we talk about biology
Chapter 3
The cultural and the agentic
Chapter 4
What is cultural evolution like?
Chapter 5
Is it explanation yet?
Chapter 6
The mill that grinds young people old
Chapter 7
Why inequality is bad
Chapter 8
Let them eat cake!
Chapter 9
The worst thing about poverty is not having enough money
Chapter 10
Getting your head around the Universal Basic Income
Chapter 11
The need for discipline
Chapter 12
Waking up and going out to work in the uncanny valley
Chapter 13
Staying in the game
Chapter 14
Morale is high (since I gave up hope)

Book Details

Title
Hanging on to the Edges
Subject
Sociology and Social Sciences
Publisher
Open Book Publishers
Published
2018
Pages
264
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781783745807
ISBN10
1783745800
ISBN13 Digital
9781783745821
ISBN10 Digital
1783745827
PDF Size
11.5 MB
License
CC BY

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