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The One Culture?A Conversation about Science$
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Jay A. Labinger and Harry Collins

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467221

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.001.0001

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Let's not Get too Agreeable

Let's not Get too Agreeable

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(p.263) Chapter 28 Let's not Get too Agreeable
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The One Culture?
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Jay A. Labinger

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226467245.003.0028

Both Pinch and Weinberg comment on the level of agreement the “conversation” seems to be approaching, which Pinch notes is the hallmark of a “real” conversation. This chapter seeks to offer some thoughts on the Benveniste case, which has been mentioned by a number of the commentators and also to respond to Bricmont and Sokal's criticism of the original contribution. Gregory notes that Benveniste's original work was replicated elsewhere, received positive peer review, and was published in Nature, which is “usually good enough” to start establishing the results as truth; and that anyone who understood these processes would be baffled by the subsequent developments.

Keywords:   Benveniste, conversation, Nature, peer review, ontology, science studies

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