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Speak No Evil: Scientists, Responsibility, and the Public Understanding of Science

Evans, Nicholas G. (2010) Speak No Evil: Scientists, Responsibility, and the Public Understanding of Science. NanoEthics, 4 (3). pp. 215-220.

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Abstract

In this paper, I will discuss the responsibilities that scientists have for ensuring their work is interpreted correctly. I will argue that there are three good reasons for scientists to work to ensure the appropriate communication of their findings. First, I will argue that scientists have a general obligation to ensure scientific research is communicated properly based on the vulnerability of others to the misrepresentation of their work. Second, I will argue that scientists have a special obligation to do so because of the power we as a society invest in them as specialists and professionals. Finally, I will argue that scientist sought to ensure their work is interpreted correctly based on prudential, self-interested considerations. I will conclude by offering suggestions regarding policy considerations.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:10469
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:06 Jun 2011 08:56
Last Modified:06 Jun 2011 08:56

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