Author: Charlie Norell

In any introductory course in philosophy of science we ask the question whether philosophy of science should be normative or descriptive. This question has a history of its own, which also influenced what has become the ‘mainstream’ in philosophy of science, and that marked a difference between philosophy of science on the one hand and the social studies of science on the other hand.

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Have you recently needed to recite the dates of King Tut’s rule? Nope. Not necessary. Finding information at the point of care?  Knowing how healthcare systems work? Necessary.  We learn so many things that we never need. Evidence based medicine (EBM) is so important and our time with students so limited, that we must teach the most clinically relevant EBM topics.  Take (or leave, really) the pyramid of evidence for example.

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On Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of May we had a meeting with the head of the IARC-monographs Kurt Straif in Lyon to discuss our project research and how it could impact the practices of IARC. IARC is short for the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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