Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

ISBN-10: 0745682049
ISBN-13: 9780745682044
Edition: 2014
Authors: Harry Collins
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Description: To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science's pre-eminence.  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 2/28/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science's pre-eminence. Revelations such as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMR vaccine, have dented our confidence in science. In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science's special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavor, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious "default" expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community. Science, he argues, should serve as an example to ordinary citizens of how to think and act, and not the other way round.

Harry Collins is the Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University, and a fellow of the British Academy.

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