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Anti-Science—A Misunderstanding

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Science  27 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4097, pp. 327
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4097.327


The modern revolt against science has been spurred by a misunderstanding of the nature of science, argues J. A. Passmore, professor of philosophy at the Australian National University, Canberra. Passmore believes that some of the misunderstanding rests with critics of science such as Theodore Roszak (see Science, 1 December 1972) and somne with the way that scientists have presented their affairs to the public. In the excerpts below (taken from the December issue of Search, the journal of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science), Passmore analyzes the revolt against science as one that "condemns science for making itself the instrument of power, looks with dismay on the devastation to which science-based technology has given rise, rejects a world made gray by standardization . . . [and] seeks to reinstate the imagination and direct sensual enjoyment."