Science and Society

Archive Report

Impact of Science on Men and Nations

Criticism of Science-Oriented U.S. Society

Science, long respected for its contributions to human well-being, is coming under increasing attack for allegedly debasing the quality of life. Criticism is especially intense among young people. Social critic Paul Goodman points out that “Dissident young people are saying that science is anti-life, it is a Calvinist obsession, it has been a weapon of white Europe to subjugate colored races, and scientific technology has manifestly become diabolical.”1 Such a viewpoint may be extreme, but it reflects the growing concern over the future role of science in a society which can land men on the moon but seemingly lacks answers to pressing human problems on earth.

Somewhat the same issue was discussed late last month ...

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