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Chapter 12: Conclusion: Science Studies and the ‘Crisis’ of Representation
Conclusion: Science Studies and the ‘Crisis’ of Representation
Diagnosing the Cultural Crisis of Scientific Authority
As we have seen, at the outset of the twenty-first century the scientific profession faces significant problems in relation to its public standing and credibility. There is reluctance to accept experts' calculations of risk, even an unwillingness to accept the entire cost-benefit framework within which risk is conceptualised. The scientific establishment itself acknowledges and is trying to counter difficulties in what it sees as the public's (mis)understanding of science. Problems beset attempts to work out which scientific evidence to admit into court. And, in the arena of science advising, it seems impossible to realise the ideal that scientists should speak truth to power; severe ...