Frontiers of Illusion Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress

ISBN-10: 1566394163
ISBN-13: 9781566394161
Edition: 1996
Authors: Daniel Sarewitz
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 5/24/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

For the past fifty years, science and technology-supported with billions of dollars from the U.S. government-have advanced at a rate that would once have seemed miraculous, while society's problems have grown more intractable, complex, and diverse. Yet scientists and politicians alike continue to prescribe more science and more technology to cure such afflictions as global climate change, natural resource depletion, overpopulation, inadequate health care, weapons proliferation, and economic inequality.Daniel Sarewitz scrutinizes the fundamental myths that have guided the formulation of science policy for half a century-myths that serve the professional and political interests of the scientific community, but often fail to advance the interests of society as a whole. His analysis ultimately demonstrates that stronger linkages between progress in science and progress in society will require research agendas that emerge not from the intellectual momentum of science, but from the needs and goals of society. Author note: Daniel Sarewitz worked for four years on science policy issues for the U.S. Congress, first as a Congressional Science Fellow, and then as science consultant to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives. He now directs the Institute for Environmental Education at the Geological Society of America.

Preface
The End of the Age of PhysicsScience and Technology Policy
Policy Goals and Policy Myths
Beyond the Age of Physics: Science, Technology, and Reality
The Myth of Infinite Benefit
The Myth of Unfettered Research
External Fetters: Teapot in a Tempest
Internal Fetters: The Maleness of the System
Unfettered Reality
The Myth of Accountability
The Myth of Authoritativeness
DNA Fingerprinting: Disorder in the Court
Global Climate Change: An Atmosphere of Uncertainty
Stratospheric Ozone Depletion: Getting It Right (by Accident)
Authoritative Politics
The Myth of the Endless Frontier
Endless Frontier, Finite Earth
Moral Science
Pas de Trois: Science, Technology, and the Marketplace
The Sound of Invisible Hands Clapping
Nobody's Partner
Science as a Surrogate for Social Action
Sickness Care
The Best Defense
Tailoring People to Taste
Toward a New Mythology
Five Policy Suggestions
Expanding Diversity
Integrating the Human Element
Honest Brokers
Introducing Democracy
The Global R & D Community
The Search for Ellipses
Notes
Index

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