Academician Ye. Aleksandrov recounts
the correspondence following his appearance on a Russian TV program skewed toward
presenting poltergeists as real entities and speculates on the motives of the producers.
Freedom of Conscience of Russian Government Officials
G. Shevelev examines the contradictions between the requirements of Russian law
and the actions of Russian presidents,
including new President D. Medvedev.
Academician Eh. Kruglyakov
discusses dubious projects proposed for Russian government funding, the
clericalization of Russian society, and the mass media and the public's
attitude toward science.
What Pseudoscientists are Leading Russia To
Pseudoscience took such firm root in our society that the Russian Academy of
Sciences had to create a special commission to combat this phenomenon.
A Vechernyaya Moskva observer Dmitriy Anokhin talked with the chairman of the
unusual body, Academician of the RAN
A Clash of Opinions
"Many scientists are seriously concerned about the continuing clericalization of
our society, that is, the intrusion of religious organizations into those areas
of public life which lie outside their legal competence. We prepared
the letter to the President
in order to express our concern. Russia ought to remain a secular country and
that religion is the private affair of its citizens". (A group of scientists)
The Substance and the Commotion Over the Matter of the Academicians
"The "letter of the 10 academicians"
is a milestone in the recent history of Russian consciousness and self-awareness.
It not only helped us to stop in time and think how far we have retreated from
some of our achievements in the fields of culture and education, but also helped
leaders at various levels to adopt more considered decisions about fundamental
questions of educational policy." (V. Kuvakin)
A Charade About Science
A. Sergeyev argues for science
to help the mass media popularize itself and warns that if this is not done
the public will cease to support science.