Intolerance: retain healthy scepticism

Stirling, Andrew (2011) Intolerance: retain healthy scepticism. Nature, 471 (305). ISSN 0028-0836

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Abstract

The UK government's chief scientist, John Beddington, has done much to promote the potential of science to address pressing global imperatives. But in a straight-talking speech last month, he urged his audience of 300 government scientists to be “grossly intolerant” of “pernicious” and “fatuous” “pseudoscience”. In this he included: scepticism of genetic modification technology; “illegitimate” advocacy of environmental precaution in response to unknowns; and suggestions that science is subject to morality. This approach is a rejection not just of irrational denial but of entirely reasonable social scepticism concerning science itself.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 13:01
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 13:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40155
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