Metascientific Queries

Metascientific Queries

Metascientific Queries

Metascientific Queries

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Can we afford to stand aloof from science while living immersed in an artificial environment that is more and more the child of scientific research? We are cured with antibiotics and killed with nuclear bombs, we wear synthetic clothes and contemplate artificial moons, we are instructed with TV and doped with it. Yet, although we are increasingly aware that science is instrumental for both welfare and warfare, enlightenment and narcosis, do not most of us--including scientists themselves--ignore what science is?

Hobbes, cunning though he was, believed that man knows what he makes. The fact is, however, that not even scientists are always adequately acquainted with the nature of their own produce, the methods by which they obtain it, or the historical root and social setting of their own work. Science is still, to a large extent, an unknown--though not a mystery. That is regrettable but not astonishing, for knowing about knowledge is not the regular business of scientists, unless they happen to specialise in the philosophy of science, or in the history of science, or in the sociology of science, or in the psychology of science. And rightly so, because every one of these disciplines requires special techniques.

Still, specialisation, unavoidable as it is, should not render us narrow minded to the point of behaving in a stupid and suicidal way. Science is no longer the exclusive concern of scholars, and this simply because the future of mankind depends, to an increasing extent, on the results . . .

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