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The Ethics of ProtocellsMoral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory$
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Mark A. Bedau and Emily C. Parke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012621

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.001.0001

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Ethical Dialogue about Science in the Context of a Culture of Precaution

Ethical Dialogue about Science in the Context of a Culture of Precaution

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(p.105) 7 Ethical Dialogue about Science in the Context of a Culture of Precaution
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The Ethics of Protocells
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Bill Durodié

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.003.0007

This chapter returns to the contemporary popularity of precautionary thinking. It describes the simultaneous importance and difficulty of making sure that the public’s actual voice is heard, rather than just the voices of interest groups that purport to represent the public but are actually driven by their own private agendas. This chapter suggests that science is essential to inform democratic decision making within society, although it is not in itself democratic. It shows that a society focused through a positive aspiration and sense of direction encourages scientific development.

Keywords:   precautionary thinking, science, democratic decision making, society, scientific development

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