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We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power

Jason Blakely

Abstract

Popular culture is saturated with claims about a science of human life. Demographics are said to predict how we will vote; chemicals in our brains, who we’ll date; game-like scenarios, how we’ll spend our money; and genes, what we will think. This book explores this flood of scientism as it has spread in the last fifty years into almost all facets of daily existence. Readers will discover how popular pseudoscience has radically changed the world we live in, including spheres as different as dating, economics, politics, and artificial intelligence. The abuse of popular scientific authority has ... More

Keywords: politics, culture, scientism, expert authority, elite opinion, social science, hermeneutics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190087371
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190087371.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Blakely, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University

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