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Are We All Scientific Experts Now

by Harry Collins

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This book does a bit more than its title might suggest: instead of being simply a defence of scientific expertise in a time when the expert is more challenged than ever before, this work actually traces the growth of skepticism amongst the general public.

This book contains much knowledge that will already be known to most people, but much new, certainly to me. The work is valuable, not only for the new information, but also for its ordering of the whole melange. Perhaps even the most doubting Thomas would have a little more respect for the scientific perspective were they to read this tome. I shall certainly be more cautious about dismissing the scientific point of view in future! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0745682049, Paperback)

To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientists were heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good. More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failures have led us to question science’s pre-eminence. Revelations such as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMR vaccine, have dented our confidence in science.

In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science’s special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavor, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious “default” expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community. Science, he argues, should serve as an example to ordinary citizens of how to think and act, and not the other way round.

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"In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeem scientific expertise, and reasserts science's special status. Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavour, he emphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing the dubious 'default' expertise displayed by many of those outside the scientific community."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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