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Promethean Claims: Should We Be Concerned About the Loss Of Scientific Neutrality?


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Fiona
- 37 days ago - aeon.co
Biotechnology's Promethean claims to explain, manipulate and transform our lives may be dangerous. Evolutionary theory which offer to explain human origins are leading us in which directions?.



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Fiona O (597)
Friday September 15, 2017, 5:48 am
Genomics aims to define the similarities and differences between us. Genetic and stem-cell therapies promise to cure or prevent disease, and enhance bodies and brains. And the neurosciences try to predict behaviour, explain consciousness and revive the idea of essential differences between the sexes.

In the past few decades, the life sciences have been transformed into gigantic bio-technosciences, blurring the boundaries between science and technology, universities, entrepreneurial biotech companies, and Big Pharma. Knowledge has become intellectual property, taking its place within a globalised economy that stretches from the older scientific centres of Europe and America to the rising eastern giants of China, Singapore and India. The state, with its interests in surveillance and control, and the military, have also played a key role in this transformation. In its train have come new and formidable powers not only to reconstruct but to construct life. Ours is a techno-scientific world where life is both born and made. This is new territory, with new threats and promises.

Science — knowledge about the physical and biological world — might once have been seen as independent of the society and culture within which it was generated. But as early as the middle of the 19th century, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels pointed out that the knowledge produced by science served the interests and reflected the ideology of the capitalist class. In the 1930s, this analysis of science was taken up with enthusiasm by the Russian physicist Boris Hessen, whose paper ‘The Socio-Economic Roots of Newton’s Principia’ (1931) electrified the audience at the International Congress of the History of Science in London. Hessen argued that this most arcane of mathematical treatises, and the physics it formalised, were not merely the brilliant insights of an individual scientist, but a response to the needs of the rising mercantile capitalism of the 17th century.

At the "promises" of all of this is fulfilled, where do we find ourselves?

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Doris F (21)
Friday September 15, 2017, 8:51 am
thank you for sharing Fiona !!
 

Animae C (517)
Friday September 15, 2017, 5:30 pm
Fascinating!

TY Fiona
 

Janis K (132)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 11:07 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 12:59 pm
Thanks
 

Lenore K (0)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 6:31 pm
ok
 

Patricia N (9)
Saturday September 16, 2017, 11:23 pm
A little bit frightening. Where will it all end? I worry for my grandchildren and great grandchildren and the world they will have.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 10:06 am
noted
 

Janet B (0)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:12 pm
Thanks
 

Lenore K (0)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:16 pm
ok
 

Winn A (177)
Monday September 18, 2017, 6:58 am
Noted
 
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