Are We All Scientific Experts Now? / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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To ordinary people, science used to seem infallible. Scientistswere heroes, selflessly pursuing knowledge for the common good.More recently, a series of scientific scandals, frauds and failureshave led us to question science’s pre-eminence. Revelationssuch as Climategate, or debates about the safety of the MMRvaccine, have dented our confidence in science.
In this provocative new book Harry Collins seeks to redeemscientific expertise, and reasserts science’s special status.Despite the messy realities of day-to-day scientific endeavor, heemphasizes the superior moral qualities of science, dismissing thedubious “default” expertise displayed by many of thoseoutside the scientific community. Science, he argues, should serveas an example to ordinary citizens of how to think and act, and notthe other way round.
About the Author
Harry Collins is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES) at Cardiff University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written 17 previous books including the well-known Golem series on science. Harry Collins is continuing his research on the nature of scientific knowledge, on the analysis of expertise and on the sociology of gravitational wave detection.
Table of Contents
Figures and Tables page vi
Introduction: The Growing Crisis of Expertise 1
1 Academics and How the World Feels 17
2 Experts 49
3 Citizen Sceptics 80
4 Citizen Whistle-blowers 103
Conclusion: Are We All Experts Now? 115