(Australia) Research integrity in the age of ‘fake news’: A challenge to the humanities – Australian Academy of the Humanities (Emerita Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki FAHA | July 2022)
We don’t tolerate junk science in the life sciences – nor should we. But humanities is treated differently. Conspiracy theories, unsupported nutty assertions and offensive claims are tolerated under the guise of academic freedom. Internationally, governments (especially rightwing ones) have legislated to preserve such freedoms. It is hard not to think of the likes of David Irvine and wonder if that’s the kind of freedom we want to preserve. This pierce reflects on those issues for humanities.