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Contradictions of Science and Technology in the Productive Process

  • Mike Cooley
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Part of the Critical Social Studies book series

Abstract

Any meaningful analysis of scientific abuse must probe the very nature of the scientific process itself, and the objective role of science within the ideological framework of a given society. As such, it ceases to be merely a ‘problem of science’ and takes on a political dimension. It extends beyond the important, but limited, introverted soul-searching of the scientific community, and recognises the need for wider public involvement. Many ‘progressive’ scientists now realise that this is so, but still see their role as the interpreters of the mystical world of science for a largely ignorant mass, which when enlightened will then support the scientists in their intention ‘not to use my scientific knowledge or status to promote practices which I consider dangerous’.

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Notes and References

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© Hilary Rose and Steven Rose 1976

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