APY 494 Culture of Science

Donald Pollock

Culture of Science We think of science as objective, value-free, and somehow independent of culture, yet science is conducted by people, in various settings, and inevitably is shaped or flavored by the cultures and social settings in which it is done. In this seminar we will look at the culture of science, including how scientific theories are shaped and influences by cultural issues, how scientific research is guided by cultural and social agendas, and how science differs from culture to culture and country to country. The goal of the course is to arrive at a more sophisticated and nuanced view of what science is, and how it gets done and why, as a symbol and as social activity.