By Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick
Technological know-how, rhetoric, and talking in regards to the post-human future.
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Tellingly, in 1971 Dr. Seuss published The Lorax, a child-level indictment of greed and environmental irresponsibility. ”4 it was through the environmental movement that the political and cultural left made its most pronounced attacks on scientific and technological developments, but there were other, more subtle intellectual influences that led some progressives to be ranked among critics of science. These included the rise of feminist, postmodernist, deconstructionist, and multicultural thinking.
Our answer is a qualified no, because any other answer risks underestimating the public. For one thing, scientists have an obligation to help improve public understanding of their work; science is, after all, a social practice with social goals. Regenerative medicine researchers are obligated to employ the consent form and process to support and enhance the autonomy of potential subjects deciding about participation in a particular clinical trial. Their responsibility to improve public discussion, understanding, and engagement with the progress and limits of the science is analogous, albeit on a different scale.
In addition, one of the patient-subjects from the bladder augmentation trial, now a young adult, was brought onstage. 88 Having heard this, having seen the model kidney matrix, and apparently lacking much scientific knowledge, a freelance reporter at the TED conference mistakenly stated on a Web-based news site that the bioprinting process had produced a functional kidney, and implied that the patientsubject had received one. This incorrect and scientifically unverifiable account was widely picked up and re-reported by other Web-based news fAith in science f 37 outlets, including several with staff writers having scientific expertise that should have been sufficient to halt the spread of incorrect information had any attempt been made to verify it.
After the genome : a language for our biotechnological future by Michael J. Hyde, James A. Herrick