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science under the scope

Last time, we learned that objectivity helps us do some pretty cool stuff. This week: what are the dangers of objectivity?

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Learning (In)Humanity

BY Kelly Park

An illustrated figure styled as a doctor in a lab coat holds a clipboard. A pair of real, photographed eyes peers out from the doctor's glasses. The image background is composed of medical textbook excerpts with "high-yield" phrases erased and replaced by lines from Scantron answer sheets. Illustration by Melody Yenn.

Preaching empathy in medical school is profoundly ineffective when detached from lessons of social justice. If students can be trusted to dissect human bodies, they should be challenged to critically examine their relationships to structural inequality.

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On Belief, Invalidation, and Social Justice

by Taylin Im

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The pursuit of justice through “just” science requires a deeper look into its complicated history and relationship with religion. Should science be faith-based or should faith be scientifically founded? Or neither? Perhaps religion has more of an influence on science than we’d like to admit. We’ll be exploring some of the effects this exchange has on society and how science and faith can work together for social justice.

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The Objectivity of My Affection

By Sophie Wang

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In this week’s comic: Objectivity is super important to science! So what IS objectivity, and why is it important? And what does it purport to do?

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Biologist Rachel Levin Talks Transgender Research, Scientific Literacy, and Being an Activist-Scientist

By Alexis Takahashi

She’s gone from studying communication in chimps to recording bird song in the Amazon. Now Dr. Rachel Levin takes on new challenges in bringing a progressive lens to the science of trans identity.

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MSG – Monosodium Glutamate or Mostly Socialized Garnish

by Art Li

MSG sits at an intersection between scientific and political understandings of food. Learn more about MSG and its history of use, and how both science and social factors influence to foods we consume.

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How Transphobia Gets Written Into Science and Medicine

DSM-V AND THE SCIENCE OF AUTOGYNEPHILIA
By Alexis Takahashi

Illustration by http://www.irisjong.com/

Transphobia is written into our science and medicine and maintains a gender binary that denies lived experiences. Buried in the DSM-V’s (the universal authority for psychiatric diagnoses in the US) diagnosis of ‘Transvestic Fetishism’ is a little known term called ‘Autogynephilia’, or “Sexually Aroused by Thought or Image of Self as Female”. Learn more about how transphobia is perpetuated in science and medicine through inaccurate and dangerous medical terms and concepts such as autogynephilia.

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Science Under the Scope

By Sophie Wang

In this new comic series, explore with us how science isn’t always just what we’re taught in school. This week: Why am I writing a comic series about science and social justice in the first place? Are they even connected?

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FreeRads Podcast: Humbling Astronomy

The Politics Behind the Thirty Meter Telescope
By Andy Su and Tracy Zhao

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) that has been proposed for construction on Mauna Kea has caused controversy and faced powerful resistance from Native Hawaiians as they hold the mountain to be sacred. The conflict is often framed as a struggle between Science vs. Religion. However, there is a larger context of colonial history that drives the resistance efforts that many scientists are not reflecting on.

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