Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic

Paperback | April 22, 2011

byFrederick Grinnell

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Scientific facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field fully appreciate the details, but the nature of everyday practice that gives rise to these facts should be understandable by everyone interested in science. This book describes how scientists bring their own interests andpassions to their work, illustrates the dynamics between researchers and the research community, and emphasizes a contextual understanding of science in place of the linear model found in textbooks with its singular focus on "scientific method."Everyday Practice of Science also introduces readers to issues about science and society. Practice requires value judgments: What should be done? Who should do it? Who should pay for it? How much? Balancing scientific opportunities with societal needs depends on appreciating both the promises andthe ambiguities of science. Understanding practice informs discussions about how to manage research integrity, conflict of interest, and the challenge of modern genetics to human research ethics. Society cannot have the benefits of research without the risks. The last chapter contrasts the practicesof science and religion as reflective of two different types of faith and describes a holistic framework within which they dynamically interact.

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Scientific facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field fully appreciate the details, but the nature of everyday practice that gives rise to these facts should be understandable by everyone interested in science. This book describes how scientists bring their own interests andpassions to their work, illustrates the dyna...

Frederick Grinnell is Professor of Cell Biology and founder of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He is the author of The Scientific Attitude.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:April 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsI. Science1. Practicing Science: An Overview2. Discovery: Learning New Things about the World3. Credibility: Validating Discovery ClaimsII. Science and Society4. Integrity: From Science Policy to Responsible Conduct of Research5. Informed Consent and Risk: The Intersection of Human Research and Genetics6. Faith: More Than One Way to Practice the WorldAfterwordReferencesIndex