A Critical Examination of STEM: Issues and Challenges by Chet Bowers

By Chet Bowers

This serious exam of STEM discourses highlights the significant to consider academic reforms in the varied cultural contexts of ongoing environmental and technologically pushed alterations. Chet Bowers illuminates how the dominant myths of Western technology advertise fake supplies of what technological know-how can in achieving. Examples exhibit how many of the technological know-how disciplines and their shared ideology mostly fail to handle the methods metaphorically layered language impacts taken-for-granted styles of considering and the function this performs in colonizing different cultures, therefore keeping the parable that medical inquiry is aim and freed from cultural affects. instructions and questions are integrated to have interaction STEM scholars in turning into explicitly conscious of those matters and the demanding situations they pose.

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Printed accounts also are interpreted by readers whose own interpretative frameworks may further distort both the original event or the articulation of an idea, as well as the interpretation of the person who has provided the original written account. Prime examples of these multilayered ecologies of misinterpretations can be seen in how the writings of the major Western philosophers misrepresented the complexities of their own cultures—including the achievements of their cultural commons, as well as how the ideas of these philosophers have been interpreted by today’s philosophy professors and social theorists as being relevant to promoting rational thought in cultures that are profoundly different from the cultures of the philosophers.

And how many scientists are aware of earlier and present interpretations of Darwin’s theory that have given legitimacy to the market liberals that exploited both people and the environment in order to expand markets and profits? Where are the scientists who are raising questions about how scientists such as E. O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins, as well as computer scientists such as Ray Kurzweil, are explaining cultural achievements as expressions of natural selection? If Darwin’s theory is open to different interpretations that replicate the Social Darwinism of the last century that was reduced to slogans such as “survival of the fittest,” and if scientists continue to take for granted the root metaphors of progress, individualism, and a mechanistic world, is there a real possibility that scientists will recognize how they are complicit in furthering the corporate mindset and values that are destroying the natural systems we depend upon?

The reduction of cultural contexts, embodied experiences, and the exercise of culturally mediated intelligence to the objective status of “data” or the printed word appearing on a page or screen further hides the taken for granted cultural traditions. The other prominent cultural shaping root metaphors still taken for granted by scientists include mechanism, individualism, progress, evolution, and now ecology. The latter root metaphor is now leading environmental scientists to question the patterns of thinking and values based on the root metaphors of mechanism, individualism, progress, and economism.

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