By Roger A. Pielke Jr
For scientists trying to play a good position in coverage and politics and give a contribution to the sustainability of the medical company, scientists have offerings in what function they play. This booklet is set realizing this selection. instead of prescribing what plan of action every one scientist should take, the publication goals to spot various thoughts. utilizing examples from more than a few clinical controversies, The sincere dealer demanding situations us all - scientists, politicians and electorate - to consider carefully approximately how most sensible technology can give a contribution to policy-making and a fit democracy.
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For example, the forty-eight Nobel laureates who endorsed John Kerry did so in part because they believe that the Bush Administration has placed “unwarranted restrictions on stem-cell research” that are impeding medical advances (Scientists and Engineers for Change 2004). The laureates seem to have assumed that the issue is in fact about medical advances. But for many people who share the views of President Bush, this argument would appear to miss the point. Senator Kerry made a similar case for stem-cell research in a June 2004 radio address: “Believe it or not, there was a time when some questioned the morality of heart transplants” (US Newswire 2004b).
3 Thus, to reach a consensus to commit to a course of action – say, stay in the auditorium and continue the meeting or go down to the basement – they would need to know if the tornado is indeed quickly coming this way. To collect this knowledge they might log on to the internet to ﬁnd a real-time radar image, or just look out the window. If the tornado is indeed approaching the Values • 41 building then it is easy to imagine that the group would quickly decide to move to the basement. , science.
One reason for this focus on scientists is that the role of science in society is changing. Scientists are being asked by policy-makers to contribute more directly to the needs of society. Part of this demand lies in the degree to which the problems that society faces have some close connection to issues of science and technology, for example in areas such as disease, development, terrorism, environmental impacts, adoption of new technologies, and so on. Another reason for such demands is that the resources available to support science and technology are limited, and thus choices must be made about priorities.
The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics by Roger A. Pielke Jr