Humanity in science: a perspective and a plea

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Science  11 Nov 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4317, pp. 580-585
DOI: 10.1126/science.335508


The phrase "humanity in science" encompasses several problems of various dimensions, which have been present for a long period. Their particular force can be most clearly appreciated by seeing the historical circumstances in which they arose and by examining the changing nature of the social contact between the scientific profession and society. The new ethical imperatives presently operating within society call for new responses. In addition, new ways must be found of mirroring scientific activity so as to more faithfully reflect its real nature to and incorporate it into our culture.