Playing Politics with Science Balancing Scientific Independence and Government Oversight

ISBN-10: 0195375890
ISBN-13: 9780195375893
Edition: 2009
Authors: David B. Resnik
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List price: $61.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In the last decade, science in the United States has become increasingly politicized, as government officials have been accused of manipulating, distorting, subverting, and censoring science for ideological purposes. Political gamesmanship has played a major role in many different areas of science, including the debate over global climate change, embryonic stem cell research, government funding of research, the FDA's approval process, military intelligence related to Iraq, research with human subjects, and the teaching of evolution in public schools. In Playing Politics with Science, David B. Resnik explores the philosophical, political, and ethical issues related to the politicalization of science and develops a conceptual framework for thinking about government restrictions on scientific practice. Resnik argues that the public has a right and a duty to oversee scientific research to protect important social values and hold scientists accountable for their actions, but that inappropriate government control over science can erode the integrity and trustworthiness of research, hamper scientific creativity and innovation, undermine the fairness and effectiveness of government and policies informed by science, discourage talented researchers from working for the government, and violate the freedom of scientists. Resnik also makes policy recommendations for protecting science from politicalization, and maintains that scientific autonomy and government control must be properly balanced so that restrictions on science can benefit society without undermining scientific research, education, and expert advice.

He is senior pastor of St. Luke's in Houston, Texas. He is the author of Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned, But I Have Several Excellent Excuses and Attitude Is Your Paintbrush.

Abbreviations
Introduction
Philosophical Foundations
The Autonomy of Science
Government Science Advice
Government Funding of Science
Science and National Security
Protecting Human Subjects in Research
Science Education
Conclusion: Balancing Scientific Autonomy and Government Control
References
Index

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