Reading List

Science is not neutral ground


During the pandemic we have seen the politicization of fields which many previously perceived as politically neutral. But STEM has never been neutral ground. Technology is weaponised in the workplace and on the battlefield to maintain the domination of the imperialist ruling class. In the UK, the ideal of universal healthcare is being eroded by the application of market principles, while 30 million Americans lack health insurance. And the rise of algorithms and AI are refiguring contemporary capitalism resulting in a manifold of oppressions and the reinforcement of biases.

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Feyerabend critiques the social function and direction of science today.

In this analysis of the natural sciences Roy Bhaskar provides a definitive critique of the traditional, positivist conception of science and stakes out an alternative, realist position.

Draws the lines of connection between scientific theories and economic realities.

“Civilization or the militarization of science?”

Paul Virilio explores the dominion of techno-science over our lives, and deaths.

Traces the revolution in statistics and probability that has quietly underwritten the explosion of machine learning, big data and predictive algorithms that now decide many aspects of our lives.

A consensus-shattering account of automation technologies and their effect on workplaces and the labor market.

Behind the gleaming surface of automation and algorithms stand millions of workers, often in the Global South, manually processing data for a pittance.

The first comprehensive study of a revolutionary approach to mental health care.

Electric cars are not a silver bullet for sustainability, autonomous vehicles won’t guarantee road safety, and micromobility services will not replace car travel any sooner than we will see the arrival of the long-awaited flying car.

A journey through the uncomputable remains of computer history.

A searing analysis of health and illness under capitalism from hosts of the hit podcast “Death Panel”.

A masterful survey of the history of Marxist philosophy of science.

Today, the market has arrived into outer space and exploration is the plaything of superrich technology billionaires, who plan to privatise the mineral wealth for themselves. Are other worlds really possible?

The Care Manifesto puts care at the heart of the debates of our current crisis: from intimate care - childcare, healthcare, elder care - to care for the natural world.

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