Saturday, October 7, 2006

Interface between (or Intersection of) Science and Society

Here is a short list of the problems we encounter at the interface between science and society.

  • Public distrust of science and technology:  is it really good for us?
  • Scientific community isolated, marginalized, elite
  • Reductionist science, specialization makes it difficult to understand
  • Difficult to communicate uncertainty and risk
  • Volume of information, pace of discovery, rate of change overwhelming
  • As relative understanding and trust decline, public reliance on science and technology deepens.
  • Decline in public funding of research matched by increased private, commercial funding compromises independence of science.

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