David Anthony Pittaway

[Published Article] The Hepplemeyer Phenomenon: Subtly Demonstrating the Co-opting of Science into Unscientific Contexts

Published at The South African Journal of Higher Education: LINK: www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe/article/view/4296 Abstract In this article I propose that a short story, in this case Howard Fast’s “The Hoop” (1975), can be used for educational purposes to demonstrate (in a quick and undivisive manner) how science can be co-opted into unscientific contexts. I also show how …

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South African Uni’s Vax Mandate Lawsuits: Will The Tyrants Be Held Accountable?

(Originally posted to Medium.com) In a disgraceful show of group-think and blatant disregard for Constitutional rights, several decision-making panels of employees at various universities in South Africa decided to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for staff and students starting the 2022 academic year. Among these institutions are the University of the Free State (UFS), Rhodes University, the …

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Coercing and Forcing Civilians to Comply: Some Background (Opinion Piece)

Note: This is part of an academic article that I submitted to a journal at the start of January 2021. The review process took 9 months, and the article was rejected. I’m done with submitting articles that address political responses to Covid-19 because the dominant narrative, a painfully one-dimensional one, obviously prevails in academic contexts. …

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Beyond Beach Bans and One-Dimensional Pandemic Trends (Opinion Piece)

Note: I wrote this article in January and February 2021, and I submitted it to an academic journal at the start of March. The review process took a whopping 7 months. One reviewer accepted it, stating the following: “I found the paper to address timely, relevant, important and far-reaching issues in a compelling way. I …

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[Published Article] Author interview and book review: Why nothing seems to matter any more, by Bert Olivier

Original article published here: Acta Academica David Anthony Pittaway Dr DA Pittaway, Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR), Nelson Mandela University. Introduction Bert Olivier has written a book in which he argues that nihilism is a pervasive feature of our era. That being said, it should not take readers very long to realise that …

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