Political career[ edit ] Horgan began his career in as a journalist on the Evening Press. He later worked as a staff journalist on the Catholic Herald  and The Irish Timeswhere he wrote about religion and education. He was re-elected into the 13th Seanad. After boundary changes for the general election of he was not re-elected in the new constituency of Dublin South and he was also unsuccessful at the general election in February
Posted on November 20, by woit Way back in science writer John Horgan published The End of Science, in which he made the argument that various fields of science were running up against obstacles to any further progress of the magnitude they had previously experienced.
A question that I always wondered about was that of what things would look like once the subject reached the endpoint where progress had stopped more or less completely. In the book, Horgan predicted: The conferences of these ironic physicists, whose disputes cannot be experimentally resolved, will become more and more like those of that bastion of literary criticism, the Modern Language Association.
This is now looking rather prescient. Probably there is some fundamental principle, he said, perhaps whatever it is that lies behind string theory.
But nobody, not even the founders of string theory, can say what that might be. Her latest blog posting, The present phase of stagnation in the foundations of physics is not normalis a cry of all too justifiable frustration at the sad state of the subject and the refusal by many to acknowledge what has happened.
Well worth paying attention to are comments from Peter Shor here and here. This is a modified version of a review of books by Hawking and Rees that Horgan wrote for the Wall Street Journal, and it attracted a response from Martin Rees, who has this to say about string theory: On string theory, etc.
If it came up with numbers for the physical constants that agreed or that disagreed with the real world, would we then be happy to accept its verdict on the theory? The truth of the matter is that there is no actual theory, no known equations to solve, no real calculation to do.
This is becoming an increasingly large industry, see for instance promotional pieces here and herepapers hereherehere and hereand another workshop coming up soon. For an idea of where this may be going, see Towards an AI Physicist for Unsupervised Learningby Wu and Tegmark, together with articles about this here and here.
Biological theorists will be put out to pasture, with the machines taking over, performing ever more complex, elaborate and meaningless calculations, for ever and ever.Aug 23, · Cultural Shift.
What has certainly changed, even drastically, is the day-to-day behavior of scientists, partly driven by new technology that affects everyone and partly driven by an alteration in the system of rewards and incentives. Was I Wrong about “The End of Science”? One of the coolest—and most stressful–moments of my career took place November 7, , when I was a staff writer for Scientific American.
By John. J. Larry Jameson/University of Pennsylvania. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., became Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine on July 1, JOHN HORGAN is a science journalist and director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A former senior writer at Scientific American (), he has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The Washington.
Industry John Sculley, president of PepsiCo (–), CEO of Apple (–), partner at Sculley Brothers, LLC (–present), co-founder of Zeta Interactive (present) Ronald Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Group, earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Wharton. Cultural Shift. What has certainly changed, even drastically, is the day-to-day behavior of scientists, partly driven by new technology that affects everyone and partly driven by an alteration in . John Horgan is a top-notch science journalist, but he’s looking toward consciousness research to discover where science is heading. Join Skeptiko host Alex Tsakiris for an interview with science writer and author John Horgan: John Horgan: I think consciousness studies is the most exciting.
Cross-Check. Critical views of science in the news. About; RSS; August 22, — John Horgan.
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