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  1. An Annotated Bibliography of Nonsense
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1998
    Academic critics today not only question the impact of science upon society, but they also question the very idea of scientific rationality.
  2. Anti-Science: Left and Right Together?
    A Systematic Attack on Rationality

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    The suggestion that left and right thinking may be converging on matters scientific will, no doubt, be offensive to some on the left. After all, the right chooses myth over evolution, and oil profits over climate science.
  3. Bold Scientists
    Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2014
    Accounts of scientists working in the public interest despite powerful opposition.
  4. Canada After Harper
    His Ideology-fuelled Attack on Canadian Society and Values, and How We Can Resist and Create the Country We Want

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    Essays documenting the breadth and depth of the Harper government's attack on institutions, policies, and programs that embody values and principles shared by most Canadians: education, health care, women's rights, science and research, the economy, labour unions, water and natural resources, and Aboriginal affairs.
  5. Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook
    Similar moves by US Republican president met sharp backlash from 10,000 scientists.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The Harper government is now eliminating seven Department of Fishery libraries containing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.
  6. Connexions Library: Science Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on science.
  7. 'The Death of Evidence' in Canada: Scientists' Own Words
    Data distorted for 'propaganda' and other complaints against the Harper government made at last week's Ottawa rally

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
  8. DFO Library Closures Anger Scientific Community
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    When word first broke that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was closing seven of their libraries, government officials promised that there would be no loss of vital historical material. Today many are skeptical of those claims.
  9. Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists
    Harper government shuts down 'world class' collection on freshwater science and protection

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
  10. Eric Marshall laments closure of namesake Fisheries library
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The government seems to be saying 'We want to exploit our natural resources, whether it's natural gas or oil sands, and basically to heck with environmental impacts.'
  11. Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1998
    The authors criticize postmodernism in academia for its misuses of scientific and mathematical concepts in postmodern writing. Fashionable Nonsense examines two related topics: (1) The incompetent and pretentious usage of scientific concepts by a small group of influential philosophers and intellectuals; (2) the problems of cognitive relativism, the idea that "modern science is nothing more than a 'myth', a 'narration' or a 'social construction' among many others". The stated goal of the book is not to attack "philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general...[but] to warn those who work in them (especially students) against some manifest cases of charlatanism," and in particular to "deconstruct" the notion that some books and writers are difficult because they deal with profound and difficult ideas. "If the texts seem incomprehensible, it is for the excellent reason that they mean precisely nothing." The book includes long extracts from the works of Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Paul Virilio, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Luce Irigaray, Bruno Latour, and Jean Baudrillard who are considered by some to be leading academics of Continental philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis or social sciences. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly. The extracts are intentionally rather long to avoid accusations of taking sentences out of context.
    Published in French as Impostures Intellectuelles and in the United Kingdom as Intellectual Impostures.
  12. GMO Propaganda and the Sociology of Science
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    In August of 2014, the website Gawker revealed documents that demonstrated the lengths to which the global chemical giant Monsanto would go in order to control the narrative about their products – in particular, their genetically modified crops. While we all like to believe that our scientific/rational brains see through the transparent marketing, public relations rhetoric exists because it greatly sedates critical thought.
  13. Harper's Seven-Year War on Science
    Chris Turner's treatise on Tory anti-empiricism should spark outrage. But those in power won't see it.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
  14. Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1994
    Describes attacks on science, and on concepts of truth and rationality, in areas of the humanities.
  15. How Does the Subaltern Speak?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Vivek Chibber argues that postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril. Focusing particularly on the strain of postcolonial theory known as subaltern studies, Chibber makes a strong case for why we can -- and must -- conceptualize the non-Western world through the same analytical lens that we use to understand developments in the West. He offers a sustained defense of theoretical approaches that emphasize universal categories like capitalism and class. His work constitutes an argument for the continued relevance of Marxism in the face of some of its most trenchant critics.
  16. Kill The Messengers
    Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.
  17. Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The closure of federal libraries and loss of specialized librarians impacts negatively on the state of science and knowledge in Canada.
  18. Nature, science & power
    Questions need to be asked...

    Resource Type: Website
    Here many questions will be asked, some answers attempted. This blog connects to a new book: Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, published in 2014 by Between the Lines.
  19. Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists
    Just Like Canada's Harper Government

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    Muzzling of scientists matters because they make policy decisions with real-world impacts on society.
  20. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016
    Science and its enemies

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of the equally sincere lip service they pay to the ideals of democracy. And, in the same way that governments and private corporations devote considerable efforts to undermining the reality of democracy, so too they are frequently found trying to block and subvert science when the evidence it produces runs counter to their interests. Real live scientists doing real live science, it seems, are not nearly as loveable as Science in the abstract.
  21. Postmodern Disrobed
    Review of Intellectual Impostures

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1998
    An admirable job of exposing the daffy absurdity of postmodernism intellectuals.
  22. Rationality/Science
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    Chomsky writes: "It strikes me as remarkable that the left today should seek to deprive oppressed people not only of the joys of understanding and insight, but also of tools of emancipation, informing us that the "project of the Enlightenment" is dead, that we must abandon the "illusions" of science and rationality--a message that will gladden the hearts of the powerful, delighted to monopolize these instruments for their own use."
  23. Science and liberation
    Science as human curiosity, as authority, and as business

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The conservative movement’s attack on science has several prongs. Where they can attain government office, as in Canada, they use the highly effective tools of funding and de-funding, and regulation and de-regulation, to control government scientists and embolden private interests. The goal is to transfer power and resources from public services and public science to private institutions, while often appealing to moral and religious doctrines in the process.
  24. Scientists Protest Canada's War on Science
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    The Harper government is closing libraries, trashing documents and firing thousands of scientists — while handing out billions in subsidies to oil companies.
  25. Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds' Claims for Science Library Closures
    Goal stated is 'culling' research, not preserving and sharing through digitization

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    A federal document marked "secret" obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government.
  26. Silence of the Labs
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2014
    Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information.
  27. Unity for the Climate
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  28. The War on Science
    Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    Do No Science, Hear No Science, Speak No Science -- that is the Harper agenda. And if this agenda is most evident and most pronounced in environmental science, that's simply because it is the field most likely to uncover evidence that the government's paramount goal -- to free the country's resource extraction industries from oversight in the name of rapid expansion -- is wrongheaded, reckless, and damaging.
  29. What is Stephen Harper doing to Canada? How can we stop him?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Harper regime has had a toxic effect on Canada. The wealthy are better off, but most Canadians are worse off, and rights and freedoms, democracy, access to information, and science have suffered. How can we stop him? Here is a factsheet which can be downloaded, printed, and distributed as a two-sided flyer.
  30. What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?
    Scientists reject Harper government claims vital material is being saved digitally

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever. Many collections ended up in dumpsters while others such as Winnipeg's historic Freshwater Institute library were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Others were burned or went to landfills.

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