"There is a lot of talk about educating society about science. Perhaps what is more needed is educating scientists about society."
In this piece last month, I argued that modern science is too vulnerable to irresponsible decisions, made unilaterally. Which, y’know, feels pretty relevant this week
“It’s hard not to think that we’re moving in circles. Can we stop saying we need to have a conversation and actually get to the conversation?”
The controversy around a resurrected virus raises concerns that researchers can make potentially world-changing decisions without consulting a broad enough swath of society. My latest
I’ve always thought it was strange that in nearly a decade of formal training in genetics, neuroscience, and stem cell biology, NOT ONCE was it mandatory to take a bioethics class. Why do we train scientists like they’ll be working in a vacuum?
A thoughtful and important contribution to the #horsepox #DURC debate by . “There’s a lot of talk about educating society about science. Perhaps what is more needed is educating scientists about society.”
Eloquently written piece on the perils of dual use research without ethical restraint and competent regulatory oversight
In light of 's great piece (), here are 5 ?s I raised at a meeting this week for those advocating for more research on #solargeoengineering to "reduce uncertainties to enable better decision-making."(spoiler: most answers will be value-laden)
After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence. #ScienceResearch #SmallPox #Horsepox #VirusStudy
Good overview of controversial horsepox experiments
Good piece on the horsepox resurrection as an eg of dual use biological, esp viral, research
”There is a lot of talk about educating society about science. Perhaps what is more needed is educating scientists about society.” Scientists need counsel from ethicists, sociologists and community reps but these groups are often left out.
“The peer group who is weighing in on these decisions is far too narrow, and these experiments have the potential to affect such a large swath of society." looks at how a controversial #horsepox study raises qs about how science is done
Controversial Virus Study Reveals a Critical Flaw in How Science Is Done via
Great piece by on the risks of dual-use research, which I can’t help but view throw the prism of ‘academic freedom’. Arguably the researchers involved in this study have too much…
Controversial Virus Study Reveals a Critical Flaw in How Science Is Done: After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence via
Good point made by : “Can we stop saying we need to have a conversation and actually get to the conversation?”
A Controversial Virus Study Reveals a Critical Flaw in How Science Is Done - After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence