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The eighties saw the advent of the "Culture Wars," led by Allan Bloom, William Bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, and others; now the nineties may bear witness to the "Science Wars," a conflict led by conservatives in science such as Paul Gross and Norman Levitt against so-called science bashers. Science Wars presents research and commentary from scholars in the U.S. and the U.K., including natural scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and scholars in literary and cultural studies, to discuss the issues raised by the current debate.
This perceptive and absorbing volume testifies to the fact that in the mind of the public, science today is associated as much with destructive as with productive forces. In a world endangered by nuclear, biogenic, and chemical overdevelopment, what used to be characterized as knee-jerk technophobia has now become an everyday response to the industrial threats generated by science. Contributors show that rising technoskepticism forms the basis of public anxiety about everything from processed food to the prospect of a biologically engineered future.
In asking how and why academic, corporate, and military science answers only to elite needs and interests, Science Wars argues persuasively for greater public accountability while providing explanations for the emergence of popular alternatives to establishment science. This controversial and insightful study will be of interest to all those engaged both in and with the sciences and to those involved in the revaluation of the arts and sciences within and outside the academy.