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Sociology of Modern Cosmology

López Corredoira, Martín (2008) Sociology of Modern Cosmology. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Certain results of observational cosmology cast critical doubt on the foundations of standard cosmology but leave most cosmologists untroubled. Alternative cosmological models that differ from the Big Bang have been published and defended by heterodox scientists; however, most cosmologists do not heed these. This may be because standard theory is correct and all other ideas and criticisms are incorrect, but it is also to a great extent due to sociological phenomena such as the "snowball effect" or "groupthink". We might wonder whether cosmology, the study of the Universe as a whole, is a science like other branches of physics or just a dominant ideology.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: invited talk, submitted for the proceedings of the conference "Cosmology across Cultures" (held at Granada, Spain, on 2008, September 8th to 12th), J. A. Belmonte, F. Prada, J. A. Rubino Martin, & A. Alberdi, Eds., ASP, S. Francisco
    Keywords: cosmology sociology
    Subjects: General Issues > Science and Society
    Specific Sciences > Sociology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Depositing User: Martín López Corredoira
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4369
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4369

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