We enlist science to support our political views, but our confirmation bias leads us to accept any evidence, strong or weak as long as it helps our agenda. The result is often the promotion of bad science to the public. What role should science play in politics? Does science undermine political agendas and identity politics or support them? The answer is not as obvious as we might hope.
Rob Hollander is an academic linguist who has taught theoretical and historical linguistics, philosophy of language and cognitive science at Hunter College, linguistic theory at the CUNY Graduate Center, neurology of language and psycholinguistics at the Masters Program in Speech Pathology at New York University (NYU) and cognitive anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After teaching linguistics, Dr. Hollander turned his attention to urban planning, zoning, urban policy, and urban history, co-founding the Lower East Side History Project and publishing articles and lecturing on social history, architectural history and the theory and economics of rent regulation. In 2013, Professor Hollander returned to academia to teach cultural anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice focusing on the social, symbolic and biological sources of cognitive bias and morality. He remains active in his community as the secretary of the Chinatown Working Group, the community planning organization for Manhattan’s Chinatown.
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