New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies
Wiley, 2007 - 232 pages
Steve Fuller has a reputation for setting the terms of debate within science and technology studies. In his latest book, New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies he charts the debates likely to be of relevance in the coming years.
These questions are explored by examining an array of historical, philosophical and contemporary sources. Attention is paid, for example, to the Bruno Latour's The Politics of Nature as a model for science policy, as well as the global controversy surrounding Bjorn Lomborg's The Sceptical Environmentalist, which led to the dismantling and re-establishment of the Danish national research ethics board.
New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies will appeal strongly to scholars and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses concerned with the social dimensions of science and technology, and anyone who cares about the future of science.
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Has scientific progress become evolutionarily maladaptive ? If Popper and his
distinguished precursors are correct about the mark of our humanity , then seen
from a Darwinian standpoint , human beings are inveterate selection dodgers .
Humans unintentionally become animals The first unintended consequence is
that the distinction between cognition and sensation , which traditionally elevated
humans above other animals , is erased , as the former is reduced to the latter .
Even without becoming a convert to science fiction or postmodernism , one can
appreciate the roots of this mentality in the British ... Waddington is interesting for
various reasons that will become increasingly clear in the rest of this chapter .
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