Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
To what extent are researchers responsible for the social impact of
their work? There is no consensus answer to this question, either within the
scientific community or in society at large. Some contend that the social
implications of science should play no role in researchers' decisions about
which questions to ask and what leads to follow. Intellectual curiosity should
drive these decisions, according to this "purist" view, and investigators'
curiosity should be restrained only by the principle that ideas about nature
must be experimentally testable to count as scientific.
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