Science, Freedom, Public Spaces and Specialized Bureaucracies: Where is the Truth?
- André Francisco Pilon (see profile)
- Environmental Humanities
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- Scuebce, Contextual Ethics, enviromental ethics, business and academic research
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- Science presupposes the acceptance of discussion and controversy. There is no official truth in science; The search for any conceivable truth is only possible in a context of freedom. Official truths led Giordano Bruno to the stake and Galileo to a false retraction (“eppur si muove’); nevertheless official truths continue to thrive, like undesirable weeds, in the most unsuspected cultivars. The need for freedom and controversy excludes one of the most obvious situations that resides in the monolithic incorporation of assumed scientific theories and practices by public and private entities, that try to justify, in the name of science, power abuse or perpetuity, profit earning activities and unethical conduct, as relevant aspects of their scientific
- Could academics, scientific consultants, specialized bureaucracies contribute so that the general public can make authentic and enlightened decisions in the face of dominant paradigms? Wouldn't those who advocate public policies based on unilateral aspects of science undermine the ability of citizens to make enlightened decisions and hold politicians accountable for the consequences?
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