Neal Stephenson Interview in Reason


There’s a good interview in Reason with author Neal Stephenson. Public Knowledge‘s Mike Godwin does the interview.

It has been the case for quite a while that the cultural left distrusted geeks and their works; the depiction of technical sorts in popular culture has been overwhelmingly negative for at least a generation now. More recently, the cultural right has apparently decided that it doesn’t care for some of what scientists have to say. So the technical class is caught in a pincer between these two wings of the so-called culture war. Of course the broad mass of people don’t belong to one wing or the other. But science is all about diligence, hard sustained work over long stretches of time, sweating the details, and abstract thinking, none of which is really being fostered by mainstream culture.

Thanks to Cory Doctorow for pointing this out.

One thought on “Neal Stephenson Interview in Reason”

  1. US society rejecting science?

    I’ve worried that the anti-science thing was breaking out of the old evolution battles, and becoming something more broad. The biggest evidence of it, for me, was that religious types (and religous blogs) were taking time out of their busy schedules …


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