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Dr Bill Durodié

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if you could teach the world just one thing...
Contribution to the spiked science survey

I should teach the world that science strives towards providing an objective analysis of the material world, but science also reflects the dominant values of the society it emerges from.

In an optimistic age, scientific discoveries were driven by the aspiration and the demand for broader social transformation. In our pessimistic age, science is merely used to provide shallow empirical evidence, to confirm predetermined outlooks. Hence understanding the supposed scientific method, without appreciating the driving role of social context, is both limited and limiting.

Published on Spiked, 1 May 2005