ISCAST’s newest fellow, Prof. Peter Harrison, speaks here on ABC RN’s Future Tense about the lack of trust in science. The solution is not to return to Enlightenment values but to understand the nature of science better, including its history and cultural setting.
Quote 1: “Scientific practice and scientific values have become divorced from broader cultural and issues to do with the humanities which are concerned with what it is that people in society value. So unless science can appeal to values that are outside the scientific enterprise itself, I don’t think it can succeed in persuading people of the truth of a number of its fundamental claims.”
Quote 2: “There is often a disparity between idealised versions of science, science as selfless truth seeking, which are at some distance from the actual realities of how science operates.”