A long while ago I wrote a piece called “Why People Don’t like Science, Especially Physics” in which I speculated as to the answer to that question. About two years ago I decided to delve more deeply into that and related questions, and ended up writing three columns for Strange Horizons. The columns involved interviews and email exchanges with scientists, a historian, and anthropologists, and revealed some very interesting things about the culture of science. So I thought it would be worthwhile to post the links here.
So here goes.
1) Diffractions: On Science, Emotions, and Culture, Part 1, where I pose the question as to why so many scientists are embarrassed by emotions.
2) Part 2, where a mere physicist discovers the explorations of anthropologists in… physics labs
3) Part 3, where I start with a poetic quote from Richard Feynman and end by growling at Descartes. Actually I end with a quote from Bell on new ways of seeing. And hoping for a new way or ways to thinking about, doing, teaching and learning science.