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Hutchinson, Ian

Ian Hutchinson

Ian H. Hutchinson is professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His primary research interest is plasma physics and its practical applications. He and his MIT team designed, built and operate the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, an international experimental facility whose magnetically confined plasmas are prototypical of a future fusion reactor. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Cambridge University and his doctorate in engineering physics from the Australian National University. He directed the Alcator project from 1987 to 2003 and served as head of MIT’s nuclear science and engineering department from 2003 to 2009. In addition to over 200 journal articles on a variety of plasma phenomena, Hutchinson is widely known for his standard monograph on measuring plasmas: Principles of Plasma Diagnostics. For more, see Hutchinson's book Monopolizing Knowledge.

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Monopolizing Knowledge, Part 1: Science and Scientism

6 Part Series: Monopolizing Knowledge

Ian Hutchinson’s series centers on his new book Monopolizing Knowledge in which he critiques the world-view he calls “scientism”: “the belief that science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge.” In Hutchinson’s eyes, this erroneous world-view is at least indirectly responsible for the apparent friction between science and religion that many see today. Hutchinson will attempt to both explain and dismantle “scientism” by examining both what we mean when we say “science”, and how the “scientistic” worldview oversteps this definition and becomes a philosophical and metaphysical framework.
December 06, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Ian Hutchinson on the New Atheists

2 Part Series: Hutchinson on Atheism

Ian Hutchinson draws a sharp line between science and scientism. Scientism holds that all truth emerges from scientific study and explanation. Hutchinson, however, disagrees as he points to science’s inability to establish truth about, for example, the events that have occurred in humanity’s history on earth. He specifically engages Richard Dawkins assertions (from the book The God Delusion) that God is a scientific hypothesis that has been essentially disproved by science and that evolution explains religion as nothing more than a natural phenomenon.
February 23, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews 
 
Engaging Today’s Militant Atheist Arguments

Engaging Today’s Militant Atheist Arguments

In this paper, MIT professor Ian Hutchinson addresses the question of how to engage arguments put forward by the New Atheists. In doing so, he offers a critique of scientism, the assumption that scientific knowledge is all the real knowledge there is.
March 01, 2011 
Ian Hutchinson 
Science & Worldviews