EDITORIAL

Our science, our society

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Science  02 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6375, pp. 499
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat0957

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  • RE: Our science, our society -- the illustration

    I'm amused by this illustration. The multi-rider-powered wheeled vehicle looks as though it is impossible to steer and balance as it is constrained to a straight line by all the extra wheels. Is this an intentional metaphor for science or society or both?

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  • The transparent policy plays a key role in the healthy institutions

    Susan Hockfield wrote an article entitled "Our science, our society" (1). She emphasized the important role of institutions in nurturing the scientific enterprise (1). The goals of institutions must be clarified and a transparent policy of the institutions must be fulfilled. Otherwise, a monster, Frankenstein can be created by the institutions without scientists acknowledgement. Without the transparent policy, scientists (inventors) do not know what is going on in the institutions so that determining the nature of Frankentein is beyond scientists control (2). Besides, spreading the technology sharing is so faster that wicked Frankenstein can be easily built without scientists involved (1). In order to nurture the healthy scientific enterprise through the institutions, keep our eyes open for searching unhealthy ones.

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    1. Susan Hockfield, "Our science, our society," Science 02 Feb 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6375, pp. 499
    2. Y. Takefuji, "Determining the nature of Frankenstein is beyond our control," Science (eLetter, 22 Jan 2018) http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6372/137/tab-e-letters

    Competing Interests: None declared.