Pseudoscience, the wolf in sheep’s clothing
Pseudoscience has a long history that goes back to the increase of social prestige of science. As such, it means an attempt to exploit the rigorous standards set for the scientific knowledge in order to present non-scientific products as if they were. The problem that this entails should not leave anyone indifferent, neither the general society nor the scientific community, since it is dangerous for both the health and epistemological hygiene of the population, and it damages the public understanding of science as well. And so, it is a phenomenon that requires an in-depth reflection to understand it in all its magnitude, and to develop effective strategies to confront it. This reflection has more sense now than ever, since pseudoscience has become a multimillion-dollar business which pollutes almost every science field –biology, psychology, physics, medicine, history, etc.–, has no accountability whatsoever and enjoys a wide social acceptance.
This monographic aims to contribute to such reflection from an academic perspective, highlighting the degree of infiltration of pseudoscience in several contexts, the cognitive and advertising mechanisms which explain its success, and analyzing, from the philosophy of science, its underlying philosophical base.
Deadline: 15 March 2017
Biotechnology is an essential tool for the development of our society and it contributes to the well-being of its members. Biotechnology can give answers to different social challenges: biomedical issues, such as the need to provide a solution for illnesses and infections, or food issues, such as producing enough to feed an ever-increasing world population. Communicating all these aspects is therefore essential in order to reflect on the role played by biotechnology in the face of these current challenges.
This monograph, coordinated by Lluís Montoliu, researcher and director of the National Center of Biotechnology – CSIC (Spanish National Science Council), aims to provide a multi-faceted look at these current issues.
Deadline: 15 June 2017
Health and literature
The interaction between medicine and literature has been constant over time. Doctors who were also writers, ill people who have told their stories, authors who have either ridiculed or exalted doctors’ role… Stories about epidemics, about bad practices, scams, success stories… What can we learn from all of these? Literature can evoke empathy to both doctors and patients. It can help to see people in all their complexity and not only like mere medical cases or simple prescriptions distributors. Literature based on clinical practice, written from the patient’s perspective, or simply from an external observation of illnesses and therapeutic processes, shapes our collective images and concepts of health and disease.
Mètode is preparing a monograph about literature and health. We invite people who are researching this field to send us their analysis and works about the links between literature, health and medicine: medical professionals as authors and protagonists, patients’ stories, metaphors associated with diseases, the fear towards epidemics and their reflection in fiction, therapeutic spaces in literature (hospitals, spaces, etc.) the role of subjects such as «narrative medicine» in medical training, as well as any other reflection on these or other subjects.
Deadline: 3 July 2017
Languages: English, Catalan and Spanish
Limit: 16,000 – 20,000 characters including spaces. For more information, see Author guidelines.
All submissions should be made online through the Mètode Science Studies Journal Open Journal System site. New users should first create an account here (users of the University of Valencia have to register the username and password of their UV account). If you already have a username and password for Mètode Science Studies Journal, you can log in here.