Science is Not Value Neutral

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Essay #: 066217
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Science is Not Value Neutral
“Can scientific research and its technological applications be under the democratic control of the citizens who ultimately pay for it and affected by it” and be value-neutral (Stevenson and Byerly 251)? This question is one of many questions that should be considered when deciding whether science is value-neutral. Three reasons that science is not value-neutral are that society is not an entity in itself that can make a decision, while the argument can be made that science is value-neutral because it is knowledge - the problem with this knowledge the scientist can decide who and how this knowledge can be used, and because science is not value-neutral laws and policies should be passed so science cannot be used...
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.....back, it is important to realize that science is not value-neutral because society is not an entity in itself because society is made of groups of people, corporations, governments, interest groups, etc. Second, science is not value-neutral because scientists are affected by the need for grants and often these grants decide where the research knowledge goes. People should be concerned that science is not value-neutral because large corporations, for instance, could easily become a Frankenstein that could hurt the public with their research. Laws and policies are needed to prevent corporations and institutions from abusing research. What type of action will you take today to make sure that this does not happen?
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