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The Vanishing Center of American Democracy, a new report exposing profound shifts in America’s political culture, releases at noon October 12. Watch the survey release panel featuring James Davison Hunter, Carl Bowman, Thomas Edsall, and Nancy Isenberg LIVE on C-SPAN 2 at 12:20 p.m. EST. Read the report here.

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The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Science

Science has been central to the rise of the modern world. The practices of induction, observation, experimentation, theory testing, and falsification—and the invaluable products of those practices—have all had such profound effects on our culture and our ways of thinking. Yet as much as we have come to rely on it, science, like many other contemporary institutions, has been drawn into our highly politicized culture wars. This issue explores how the cultural contradictions of modern science shape ongoing debates over authority and truth in areas ranging from climate change to morality to the ends and purposes of science itself.

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Garnette Cadogan

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Garnette Cadogan is an essayist and journalist who focuses on history, culture, and the arts. He is editor-at-large for Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro) and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Harlem Renaissance (with Shirley E. Thompson; forthcoming). His current research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism.

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