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Does Science Matter?

Synopsis
Looks at the strength of the arguments in support of the claims that the public ‘should know more about science’. Loosely based on a article by Professor John Durant, four arguments are set: 1) practical: while scientific ‘facts’ are unhelpful, some scientific principles of science, such as the control trial and peer review, are; 2) economical: scientific knowledge is needed only for research, not for the average person; 3) democratic: the public misunderstand risk in a scientific sense, but can evaluate and use it. The public could also gain from understanding the conjectural nature of scientific knowledge; 4) cultural: scientific knowledge is interesting in its own right.
Series
Science Matters, Course S280
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 49 min.
Year of production
1994
Availability
Sale; 1999 sale: £195.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Science
Keywords
public understanding of science

Credits

Producer
David Poyser

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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