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No. 8 2012THEME: Senseless Science


Education as Politics

Sweden has, since the 1960s, invested huge sums in educational research. Hundreds of education professors and thousands of scientific papers have not led to improved school performance, but have rather had the opposite effect.

The Suggestible Truth

From the 1980s onwards, the theory of repressed memories gained a prominent place in the academic world. Today, the theory is on the verge of extinction, but its harmful effects are still visible in society.

When Race Was the Word on Everyone's Lips

Ninety years ago, The National Institute for Eugenics was founded. At the time, the subject was perceived as a modern, statistically grounded and comprehensive science that promised financial gain, as it could create a healthier nation, empty the mental hospitals and perhaps even lead to better morals.


Misled by Goodwill

Pseudoscience often has ideological elements and is motivated by high and noble goals. Genuine science, by contrast, has a clinical gaze that allows it to be accused of cynicism.

Editor's Column

Let the Researchers Rule Over Themselves

On August 30 this year, Education Minister Jan Bjorklund in DN Debate wrote about the government's forthcoming effort on 'elite research'. The autumn budget and research propositions specifically set out the financial framework and strategies behind this multi-billion kronor venture, whose purpose it is to "sift out a Swedish researcher elite".

NR 8 2012

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.


Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Katarina O’Nils Franke
Redaktionsråd: Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund


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