The expression, “Social Control of Science” means different things to different people. My interpretation is that any form of control of either goal directed (i. g. applied) or non-goal directed (i. e. basic) science exerted by individuals or groups other than the scientists responsible for the initiation and prosecution of the experiments is social control of science. Governmental, religious, cultural (i. e. Zeitgeist), sociological and financial controls are, under this definition, forms of social control of science. Reflection will show that “control” need not be disadvantageous, it may be benign, or beneficial, and even necessary.
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