Some of you may remember R. Alta Charo's talk from the ASBH and politics conference a couple of years ago (podcast availablehere), where she explores the tension between reason, politics, culture, and bioethics -- In a similar vein, anarticle in New Scientist magazine(subscription may be needed) explores the seven reason people shun reason:
"From religious fundamentalism to pseudoscience, it seems that forces are attacking the Enlightenment world view – characterised by rational, scientific thinking – from all sides. The debate seems black and white: you’re either with reason, or you’re against it. But is it so simple? In a series of special essays, our contributors look more carefully at some of the most provocative charges against reason. The results suggest that for all the Enlightenment has achieved, we still have a lot of work to do.