Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals
John N. Gray2002
Strawmen as much as straw dogs: weak portrayals of ideas that can then be more easily torn down.
I find it hard to see ow this book achieved so much praise. In part it's self-negating, a modern academic berating all the things that make his own activities possible. But many of the criticisms are also deliberate set-ups, for example telling me (a scientist) what "scientists" think (because we're all the same, you know), and using it to demolish and/or demonise our activities. I would just point out that reading commentaries about science by philosophers and historians isn't the same as practicing, and Gray might find that practitioners have a rather different outlook on their activities.
1/5. Finished 27 January 2019.
(Originally published on Goodreads.)