Friday, August 17, 2012
Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA - Richard C. Lewontin
"[Lewontin] is the most brilliant scientist I know and his work embodies, as this book displays so well, the very best in genetics (particularly in debunking the reductionism of genetic determinism), combined with a powerful political and moral vision of how science, properly interpreted and used to empower all the people, might truly help to make us free."
—Stephen J. Gould
In this brief and extraordinarily eloquent work, R. C. Lewontin—one of the world's most prominent geneticists—takes a close and informed look at this tidy and showmanlike packaging of science as the panacea to global problems, persuasively demonstrating how science (and scientists) is molded by society and how the dominant social and economoc forces in society determine to a large extent what scientists do and how they do it.
Science and society in fact exist symbiotically (hence the title of this book), and by admitting the shadings and limitations within science, he helps us rediscover both the richness of human nature and the real value of science. From the back cover
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