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This work addresses scientism and relativism, two false philosophies that divorce science from culture in general and from tradition in particular. It helps break the isolation of science from the rest of culture by promoting popular science and reasonable history of science. It provides examples of the value of science to culture, discussions of items of the general culture, practical strategies and tools, and case studies. It is for practising professionals, political scientists and science policy students and administrators.

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1. Autonomy.- 1.1 Science fiction: this message is for you. Maybe.- 1.2 The consolations of science.- 1.3 The moral base of science, or, The architectonic of open-ended reason.- 1.4 The theory and practice of critical rationalism.- 1.5 Science as training for autonomy.- 1.6 Science and the call of the wild.- 1.7 Science and controversy.- 2. Tolerance.- 2.1 Faith in the open society: the end of hermeneutics.- 2.2 The functions of intellectual rubbish.- 2.3 Science and the interpersonal.- 2.4 Science and pluralism.- 2.5 Wild goose chase.- 2.6 Science and its public relations.- 2.7 Irrationalism today.- 3. Reason.- 3.1 Minimal criteria for intellectual progress.- 3.2 Bloodletting.- 3.3 The critique of linearity.- 3.4 Science, politics and objectivity.- 3.5 Science and the detective novel.- 3.6 The two books.- 3.7 Science and technology.- 4. Philosophy.- 4.1 Science and philosophy.- 4.2 Progress in science and in art.- 4.3 Technology as both science and art.- 4.4 Artificial intelligence.- 4.5 Philosophy without science.- 4.6 Science and art.- 4.7 The inner world.- 5. Responsibility.- 5.1 Validation.- 5.2 The politics of science.- 5.3 Science as a public enterprise.- 5.4 Science and commonsense.- 5.5 Rationalizing politics.- 5.6 The siblinghood of humanity.- 5.7 For public responsibility for spaceship earth.- Suggested Reading.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.

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